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.
Recent Examples on the Web Everything about Gordon’s career flies in the face of that Belichick bon mot. Globe Staff,, "Patriots can welcome back Josh Gordon, but they shouldn’t rely on him," 19 Aug. 2019 Not a real spy, of course, but the movie kind of spy, fighting with fists one moment and bon mots the next. Susan Arendt, Ars Technica, "The hidden gems of Apple Arcade," 22 Nov. 2019 More Information Deep thoughts, cheap shots & bon mots ... Scott Ostler,, "Farhan Zaidi’s hiring of Gabe Kapler as Giants manager: more than respect?," 16 Nov. 2019 Channeling Lagerfeld's aesthetic, Garland worked on the collaboration's campaign, which stars Helen Mirren, Doutzen Kroes, and Soo Joo Park, among other fierce women, and highlights many of Lagerfeld's most quotable bons mots. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Karl Lagerfeld's Beauty Legacy Lives On—And It's Coming for Your Makeup Bag," 1 Oct. 2019 More Information Deep thoughts, cheap shots & bon mots ... Scott Ostler,, "On Giants’ next manager, Warriors’ secret plot, and killer burgers," 9 Nov. 2019 Difficult though Garland’s circumstances are, her ability to win over an audience and deliver a bon mot is unhampered. N.e.g., The Economist, "“Judy” is a parable of Hollywood’s evils," 1 Oct. 2019 Maybe Maggie Smith’s sardonic Dowager Countess of Grantham, the indestructible grande dame whose truisms and bon mots were sprinkled over six seasons of globally available television and whose forceful legacy is a huge part of the film? Chris Jones,, "Is ‘Downton Abbey’ a conservative parable or straight from the playbook of Andrew Yang?," 19 Sep. 2019 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

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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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“Bon mot.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bon mot

formal : a clever remark

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showing steady, earnest care and effort

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