bon mot

[bon moh; French bawn moh]
noun, plural bons mots [bon mohz; French bawn moh] .
a witty remark or comment; clever saying; witticism.

1725–35; < French: literally, good word; see boon2, motto

bon mot, mot juste. Unabridged
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bon mot (French bɔ̃ mo)
n , pl bons mots
a clever and fitting remark
[French, literally: good word]

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Word Origin & History

bon mot
1735, from Fr., "good saying, " lit. "good word," from bon "good" + mot (12c.), from V.L. muttum, from L. muttire "to mutter, mumble, murmur."
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Example sentences
His latest bon mot, however, could cost him his seat.
Sometimes he goes a half-dozen stops without a single bon mot.
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