bonhomie

noun
bon·​ho·​mie | \ ˌbä-nə-ˈmē How to pronounce bonhomie (audio) , ˌbō- \

Definition of bonhomie

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

Other Words from bonhomie

bonhomous \ ˈbä-​nə-​məs How to pronounce bonhomie (audio) \ adjective

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English speakers borrowed bonhomie from 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!)

Examples of bonhomie in a Sentence

the bonhomie of strangers singing together around a campfire
Recent Examples on the Web When pub doors, the lifeblood of the craic that binds Irish bonhomie, shuttered for months during the initial pandemic lockdown, the seed for a new business segment was born. Mike Dojc, Forbes, 25 Jan. 2022 The two made a point of emphasising their personal bonhomie. Ian Hall, Quartz, 1 Apr. 2022 Andrew was also by now serving a vital supporting role to his beloved mother, who valued his bonhomie and sense of mischief as well as his duty. Simon Usborne, Town & Country, 13 Mar. 2022 Both Modi and Facebook chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg have exuded bonhomie, memorialized by a 2015 image of the two hugging at the Facebook headquarters. Sheikh Saaliq And Krutika Pathi, The Christian Science Monitor, 24 Oct. 2021 Both Modi and Facebook chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg have exuded bonhomie, memorialized by a 2015 image of the two hugging at the Facebook headquarters. Sheikh Saaliq And Krutika Pathi, The Christian Science Monitor, 24 Oct. 2021 Both Modi and Facebook chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg have exuded bonhomie, memorialized by a 2015 image of the two hugging at the Facebook headquarters. Sheikh Saaliq And Krutika Pathi, The Christian Science Monitor, 24 Oct. 2021 Both Modi and Facebook chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg have exuded bonhomie, memorialized by a 2015 image of the two hugging at the Facebook headquarters. Sheikh Saaliq And Krutika Pathi, The Christian Science Monitor, 24 Oct. 2021 Both Modi and Facebook chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg have exuded bonhomie, memorialized by a 2015 image of the two hugging at the Facebook headquarters. Sheikh Saaliq And Krutika Pathi, The Christian Science Monitor, 24 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of bonhomie

1777, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bonhomie

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

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21 Apr 2022

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“Bonhomie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bonhomie. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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