boniface

noun bon·i·face \ ˈbä-nə-fəs , -ˌfās \

Definition of boniface

:the proprietor of a hotel, nightclub, or restaurant

Examples of boniface in a Sentence

  1. the operator of the inn is the very epitome of the genial and gracious boniface

Did You Know?

Boniface has been the name of eight popes, one antipope, and one saint, but none of those had anything (directly) to do with the English word boniface. The word boniface comes from the name of the jovial innkeeper in George Farquhar's 1707 play "The Beaux' Stratagem," the story of two penniless rakes who determine that one of them must find and marry a wealthy lady. Farquhar's play made more than one contribution to the English language. The name of the character of Lady Bountiful is a byword for a generous (and often conspicuously so) philanthropist. Farquhar, incidentally, never got to see the influence his play had on the lexicon. He finished "The Beaux' Stratagem" on his deathbed, and died on the night of its third performance.

Origin and Etymology of boniface

Boniface, innkeeper in The Beaux' Stratagem (1707) by George Farquhar

boniface Synonyms


Boniface

biographical name Bon·i·face \ ˈbä-nə-fəs , -ˌfās \

Definition of Boniface

Saint circa 675–754 Wynfrid or Wynfrith English missionary in Germany

Boniface

biographical name

Definition of Boniface

name of 9 popes: especially VIII (Benedict Caetani) circa 1235(or 1240)–1303 (pope 1294–1303)


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