Definition of bonhomie
- an undying bonhomie radiated from her
- —Jean Stafford
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the bonhomie of strangers singing together around a campfire
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English speakers borrowed bonhomie from the French, where the word was created from bonhomme, which means "good-natured man" and is itself a composite of two other French words: bon, meaning "good," and homme, meaning "man." That French compound traces to two Latin terms, bonus (meaning "good") and homo (meaning either "man" or "human being"). English speakers have warmly embraced bonhomie and its meaning, but we have also anglicized the pronunciation in a way that may make native French speakers cringe. (We hope they will be good-natured about it!)
First Known Use: 1779See Words from the same year
: a feeling of friendliness among a group of people
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of yeast or being unsettled or frivolous
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