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bonhomie

[bon-uh-mee, bon-uh-mee; French baw-naw-mee] /ˌbɒn əˈmi, ˈbɒn əˌmi; French bɔ nɔˈmi/
noun
1.
frank and simple good-heartedness; a good-natured manner; friendliness; geniality.
Origin
1795-1805
1795-1805; < French, equivalent to bonhomme good-natured man (see boon2, Homo) + -ie -y3
Related forms
bonhomous
[bon-uh-muh s] /ˈbɒn ə məs/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for bonhomous

bonhomous

/ˈbɒnəməs/
adjective
1.
exhibiting bonhomie

bonhomie

/ˈbɒnəmiː; French bɔnɔmi/
noun
1.
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 bonhomous

bonhomie

n.

"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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