embonpoint

noun
em·bon·point | \äⁿ-bōⁿ-ˈpwaⁿ \

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

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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