bonhomie

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noun bon·ho·mie \ˌbä-nə-ˈmē, ˌbō-\

Definition of bonhomie

  1. :  good-natured easy friendliness an undying bonhomie radiated from her — Jean Stafford

bonhomous

play \ˈbä-nə-məs\ adjective

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Examples of bonhomie in a Sentence

  1. the bonhomie of strangers singing together around a campfire

Did You Know?

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!)

Origin and Etymology of bonhomie

French bonhomie, from bonhomme good-natured man, from bon good + homme man


First Known Use: 1779


BONHOMIE Defined for English Language Learners

bonhomie

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noun bon·ho·mie \ˌbä-nə-ˈmē, ˌbō-\

Definition of bonhomie for English Language Learners

  • : a feeling of friendliness among a group of people

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