plural noun

: respects, compliments
greeted the owners with curtsies and baise-mainsNatacha Stewart

Word History


French, from baiser to kiss (from Old French baisier, from Latin basiare) + mains, plural of main hand, from Latin manus

First Known Use

circa 1656, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of baise-mains was circa 1656

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“Baise-mains.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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