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bon mot

[bon moh; French bawn moh] /ˈbɒn ˈmoʊ; French bɔ̃ ˈmoʊ/
noun, plural bons mots
[bon mohz; French bawn moh] /ˈbɒn ˈmoʊz; French bɔ̃ ˈmoʊ/ (Show IPA)
a witty remark or comment; clever saying; witticism.
Origin of bon mot
1725-35; < French: literally, good word; see boon2, motto
Can be confused
bon mot, mot juste. Unabridged
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bon mot

/French bɔ̃ mo/
noun (pl) bons mots (bɔ̃ mo)
a clever and fitting remark
Word Origin
French, literally: good word
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bon mot


1735, French, "good saying, " literally "good word," from bon "good" + mot (12c.), from Vulgar Latin muttum, from Latin muttire "to mutter, mumble, murmur" (see mutter).

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