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[bawn] /bɔn/
noun, plural bonnes
[bawn] /bɔn/ (Show IPA).
a maid-servant.
a child's nurse.
Origin of bonne
literally, good (feminine) Unabridged
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  • Here, alas, a covetous rat made a bonne bouche of the bon mot—perhaps it is as well!

  • There is no part of the world where such a bonne fortune is not regarded with envy.

    The Quadroon Mayne Reid
  • Then a stout party told us at great length that his wife had been his only bonne fortune.

    Frdrique; vol. 1 Charles Paul de Kock
  • It is not Zette but Euphémie that is the bonne amie of Bondon.

  • Marie, the bonne, stands at the door of the service room and watches us with frightened eyes.

  • Since a fortnight—so I am told—Monsieur le Cur has had no bonne.

    A Village of Vagabonds F. Berkeley Smith
  • Then the bonne replied to me: 'So long as I am able it will be guarded well.

    In the Day of Adversity John Bloundelle-Burton
  • I sink you bose drown last night, but you have bonne fortune and escape.

    Cormorant Crag George Manville Fenn
  • See that everything be done for Monsieur Pendennis—for madame sa charmante lady—for her angelic infant, and the bonne.

    The Newcomes William Makepeace Thackeray
British Dictionary definitions for bonne


a housemaid or female servant
Word Origin
C18: from feminine of bon good
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