embonpoint

noun
em·​bon·​point | \ äⁿ-bōⁿ-ˈpwaⁿ How to pronounce embonpoint (audio) \

Definition of embonpoint

: plumpness of person : stoutness

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Embonpoint is most often used to describe people of heavy, but not unattractive, girth. It derives from "en bon point," a phrase from Middle French that means "in good condition." The word was first used as a noun in English in the 17th century. It has subsequently appeared in works by Charlotte Brontë ("a form decidedly inclined to embonpoint" - Shirley), James Fenimore Cooper ("an embonpoint that was just sufficient to distinguish her from most of her companions" - Home as Found), and George Eliot ("as erect in her comely embonpoint as a statue of Ceres" - Adam Bede), among others.

Examples of embonpoint in a Sentence

clothes for women who may be inclined to embonpoint but who still want to look stylish
Recent Examples on the Web The pop of a Krispy Kreme sign and the tan embonpoint / Of Scotch bottles after customs to caress. Dwight Garner, New York Times, 10 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of embonpoint

1670, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for embonpoint

French, from Middle French, from en bon point in good condition

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“Embonpoint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/embonpoint. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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