plural -s
: a parting drink : stirrup cup

Word History


Middle English (Scottish dialect), alteration (influenced by Middle French bon good) of Middle French bien alee parting felicitation, gift, or repast, from bien (from Latin bene, adverb of bonus good) + alee, from feminine of alé, past participle of aler to go

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“Bonailie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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