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

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Other Words from bonhomie

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

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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!)

Examples of bonhomie in a Sentence

the bonhomie of strangers singing together around a campfire
Recent Examples on the Web For older athletes, the bonhomie among teammates and rivals who have spent years sprinting or skating together, or boxing one another out under the rim, is often as important as the exercise. BostonGlobe.com, "‘Geezer jocks’: For the growing ranks of older athletes, there’s no giving up the game - The Boston Globe," 4 Dec. 2019 RuPaul, a well of warmth, cultivates natural bonhomie with the young actress, who plays AJ with alternating brattiness and protectiveness. Robyn Bahr, The Hollywood Reporter, "'AJ and the Queen': TV Review," 10 Jan. 2020 As the lawmakers waited to sign, there were flashes of bipartisan bonhomie. Lindsay Wise, WSJ, "Trump Impeachment Trial Begins as Senators Are Sworn In," 16 Jan. 2020 The bonhomie between her and her successors is palpable — a rare sort of relationship between old and new owners. Shanna Farrell, SFChronicle.com, "700 Santa Claus dolls, connecting the past to the present in a Hayes Valley bar," 20 Dec. 2019 Amid the bonhomie at Elliott Tree Farm, millennials are putting a modern twist on the ancient ritual of cutting down conifers. The Christian Science Monitor, "Keeping homeless people in mental view," 20 Dec. 2019 The drinks that are poured add to the sense of bonhomie. Peter Marks, Washington Post, "A bar. An actor. And if you’re lucky, a drink.," 12 Sep. 2019 The atmosphere on the first day, beneath a surface bonhomie, was tense. Simon Akam, Outside Online, "You Won’t Pass Chamonix’s Mountain Guiding Test," 27 Nov. 2019 Johnson shrugs off these fears with his usual bonhomie. Samuel Earle, The New Republic, "The White Cliffs of Brexit," 22 Oct. 2019

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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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18 Feb 2020

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“Bonhomie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bonhomous?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=b&file=bonhom02. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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bonhomie

noun
How to pronounce bonhomie (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of bonhomie

formal : a feeling of friendliness among a group of people

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