bon·​bon ˈbän-ˌbän How to pronounce bonbon (audio)
: a candy with chocolate or fondant coating and fondant center that sometimes contains fruits and nuts
: something that is pleasing in a light or frivolous way
singing pop bonbons

Examples of bonbon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The treats come in two formats: a box of nine assorted truffles and bonbons or three chocolate bars (solid single-origin, specialty nut and seasonal filled). Roxana Popescu, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 May 2024 No disrespect to the pastry chef, the talent behind the lovely bonbons and edible parting gifts, but the sweetest thing here is the Burkes’ toddler, Atticus, who plays or naps behind the kitchen door and whose dad might trot him out at the end of service. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 20 Feb. 2024 This enabled users to choose which of various liquids of different colors and flavors would fill said bonbons. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 20 Oct. 2023 Based in Nashville, Poppy & Peep creates beautiful boxes of bonbons in numerous themes and flavors, all packaged in adorable boxes that are great for gifting. Amanda Ogle, Southern Living, 22 Nov. 2023 Oliver Pilcher Oliver Pilcher Some of Pilcher’s photos resemble bonbons wrapped in golden cellophane, enveloped in either warm sunlight or the glow of the Plaza’s chandeliers. Matt Ortile, Condé Nast Traveler, 6 Nov. 2023 Over the past several years, Maxim’s has become best known as a gourmet food brand, the name emblazoned on chocolate bonbons, Champagne bottles, and foie gras sold in French airports and souvenir shops. Vivian Song, Robb Report, 20 Jan. 2024 The 12-piece Hanukkah box includes bonbons decorated with dreidels, the Star of David, candles, and other blue-and-white Hanukkah designs. Amanda Ogle, Southern Living, 22 Nov. 2023 Afterward, stop by one of the many nearby artisan chocolate shops for decadent, handcrafted truffles and bonbons. Lindsay Cohn, Travel + Leisure, 14 Nov. 2023

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Word History


French, reduplication of bon good, from Latin bonus — more at bounty

First Known Use

1770, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bonbon was in 1770

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Cite this Entry

“Bonbon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


bon·​bon ˈbän-ˌbän How to pronounce bonbon (audio)
: a candy with a soft coating (as chocolate) and a creamy center

French, literally, "good good," from bon "good," from Latin bonus "good" — related to bonus, bounty

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