bon mot

\ bōⁿ-ˈmō How to pronounce bon mot (audio) \
plural bons mots\ bōⁿ-​ˈmō(z) How to pronounce bons mots (audio) \ or bon mots\ bōⁿ-​ˈmō(z) How to pronounce bon mots (audio) \

Definition of bon mot

: a clever remark : witticism his bons mots were being repeated … from coast to coast— W. J. Fisher

Examples of bon mot in a Sentence

She had a sparkling bon mot for every occasion.

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The soul of The Art of Racing in the Rain, adapted from Garth Stein’s 2008 novel, is Enzo, a canine with golden fur, soulful eyes and a way with words; his bons mots of shaggy wisdom come to us in the voice of Kevin Costner. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "The Art of Racing in the Rain," 8 Aug. 2019 More on Senate Bill 206 Deep thoughts, cheap shots & bon mots ... Scott Ostler,, "NCAA says California could spoil college athletics. It’s a tired argument," 14 Sep. 2019 More Information Deep thoughts, cheap shots & bon mots ... Scott Ostler,, "Jay-Z will be a superstar NFL (talent-search) quarterback," 17 Aug. 2019 Deep thoughts, cheap shots & bon mots ... • Surprise partnership of the year: Giants manager Bruce Bochy and president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi., "Why Giants’ Madison Bumgarner, Warriors’ Klay Thompson are zen brothers," 3 Aug. 2019 Deep thoughts, cheap shots & bon mots ... • When the Warriors signed Shaun Livingston in 2014, the excitement needle did not move. Scott Ostler,, "Jim Bouton’s last hurrah rankled some, inspired many," 13 July 2019 By then, perhaps everyone will have gotten their fill—and moved on to watching Netflix's latest binge-able bundle of bons mots. Angela Watercutter, WIRED, "Netflix Could Never Make Its Own Office," 26 June 2019 In the meantime, enjoy several bon mots that the world’s classiest drink has inspired. Patrick May, The Mercury News, "A toast — make that a few toasts — to National Martini Day!," 19 June 2019 But Leon was always trying to play the role of the liberal Zionist, above certain arguments, attentive to means as well as ends, fond of the bon mot and the elegant phrase. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "If We Want to End the Border Crisis, It’s Time to Give Trump His Wall," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of bon mot

1713, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bon mot

French, literally, good word

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English Language Learners Definition of bon mot

formal : a clever remark

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