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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!

  • The three left the cafe together, followed by cries of "bonne chance."

    A Set of Six Joseph Conrad
  • 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
  • Dr. Ridley was dismissed from the see of London, and bonne introduced.

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

  • Above all things, let her remember to be a good Englishwoman (bonne Anglaise).

    The Reign of Mary Tudor W. Llewelyn Williams.
  • 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
  • bonne Maman, my child, have I no more starched cravats left?

    The Nabob Alphonse Daudet
  • 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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