bon mot


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bon mot

 (bôN mō′)
n. pl. bons mots (bôN mō′, mōz′)
A clever saying; a witticism.

[French : bon, good + mot, word.]

bon mot

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

bon mot

(bɔ̃ ˈmoʊ)
n.

pl. bons mots (bɔ̃ ˈmoʊz)
a witty remark or comment; witticism.
[1725–35; < French: literally, good word]

bon mot

A French phrase meaning good word, used to mean a witticism.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bon mot - a clever remark
humor, wit, witticism, wittiness, humour - a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter
France, French Republic - a republic in western Europe; the largest country wholly in Europe

bon mot

noun joke, sally, gag (informal), quip, jibe, barb, jest, witticism, smart remark, witty remark, funny (informal), pithy remark, sardonic remark He was a genius for dissolving a tense situation with a bon mot.
Translations

bon mot

[ˈbɒnˈməʊ] Nagudeza f

bon mot

nBonmot nt (geh)
References in classic literature ?
The donjon of Vincennes was considered very unhealthy and Madame de Rambouillet had said that the room in which the Marechal Ornano and the Grand Prior de Vendome had died was worth its weight in arsenic -- a bon mot which had great success.
You need not hurry when the object is only to prevent my saying a bon mot, for there is not the least wit in my nature.
With my southern temperament, warped by the life I led in Paris, I should certainly have come to look without pity on an unhappy girl betrayed by her lover; I should have laughed at the story if it had been told me by some wag in merry company (for with us in France a clever bon mot dispels all feelings of horror at a crime), but all sophistries were silenced in the presence of this angelic creature, against whom I could bring no least word of reproach.
Goethe said that every bon mot of his had cost a purse of gold.
Just as Monsieur de Talleyrand was supposed to hail all events of whatever kind with a bon mot, so in these days of the Restoration the clerical party had the credit of doing and undoing everything.
That is, a city of extremely truculent and argumentative local political leaders at the time of his bon mot.
beaucoup moins que] Il m'est meme arrive d'interpeller, dans un bus, au cafe, une personne si j'entend de sa bouche un bon mot, une citation [beaucoup plus grand que] nous avoue-t-il en tirant aussitot de sa poche un papier griffonne a la hate.
Jonathan Kesler offered up a William Faulkner bon mot in his comment: "In the South, the past is never dead.
Alors qu'on lui demandait ce que cela leur avait fait de manger avec son Altesse, Charles Barkley, jamais en retard d'un bon mot avait retorque : [beaucoup moins que] Faux
One hopes that all commentators (even the most exalted) review their tapes after racing and note how competently they have actually identified horses for us - instead of chuckling at their latest bon mot or working on their next.
Rumsfeld's famous bon mot, "You go to war with the army you have, not the army you might want or wish to have at a later date," most industry people declared themselves satisfied that we did as well as we could--this time.
Stacy Schiff's balanced sentences, which casually incorporate a bon mot as if it were another comma, build into paragraphs with climaxes, into chapters with yet stronger climaxes, and build finally into the tragic climax of St.