Definition of embonpoint
: plumpness of person : stoutness
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Examples of embonpoint in a Sentence
clothes for women who may be inclined to embonpoint but who still want to look stylish
Did You Know?
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.
Origin and Etymology of embonpoint
French, from Middle French, from en bon point in good condition
First Known Use: 1670See Words from the same year
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