boniface

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noun bon·i·face \ˈbä-nə-fəs, -ˌfās\

Definition of boniface

  1. :  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


First Known Use: 1742


Boniface

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

Definition of Boniface

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


Boniface

biographical name bon·i·face

Definition of Boniface

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



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