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[bon-uh-mee, bon-uh-mee; French baw-naw-mee] /ˌbɒn əˈmi, ˈbɒn əˌmi; French bɔ nɔˈmi/
frank and simple good-heartedness; a good-natured manner; friendliness; geniality.
Origin of bonhomie
1795-1805; < French, equivalent to bonhomme good-natured man (see boon2, Homo) + -ie -y3
Related forms
[bon-uh-muh s] /ˈbɒn ə məs/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for bonhomie
  • He's grayer, and he has a rueful look around the mouth and eyes that sets him apart in this capital of false bonhomie.
  • They admire his energy, his courage, his boyish charm and bonhomie.
  • To the casual observer, it was a scene of glad tidings and seasonal bonhomie.
  • The penumbra of bonhomie is narrow and precarious at best.
  • He courted them incorrigibly with lavish flattery and shoulder-squeezing bonhomie.
  • Despite the bonhomie reported by many participants, it wasn't long before there was a bit of bipartisan sniping.
  • The regulars give it character and a sense of bonhomie.
  • Such graciousness and bonhomie are especially impressive in a restaurant of this size.
  • The owner has liberated himself from the kitchen and sets a tone of bonhomie.
  • Partly because her voice is fairly high and light in texture, she doesn't project his supreme relaxation and bonhomie.
British Dictionary definitions for bonhomie


/ˈbɒnəmiː; French bɔnɔmi/
exuberant friendliness
Word Origin
C18: from French, from bonhomme good-humoured fellow, from bon good + homme man
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Word Origin and History for bonhomie

"good nature," 1803, from French bonhomie "good nature, easy temper," from bonhomme "good man" (with unusual loss of -m-), from bon "good" (see bon) + homme "man," from Latin homo (see homunculus).

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