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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.
They explore puns, portmanteaus, bon mots, neologisms, and fetish words in literary onomastic and constrained writing in both poetry and prose, including philosophy and cinema.
Tips & Quips for the Family Historian" is an inherently compelling compendium bon mots and wise words for everyone who pursues genealogy as a hobby or a profession.
With over 150 illustrations and more historical bon mots than your favorite podcast, the book is a treatise on the earliest flowerings of America's greatest loves--booze and freedom.
He once confessed to me that the greatest challenge he felt as a writer was to come up with a decent smattering of bon mots in any composition.
And that makes for some highly entertaining reading, especially if you like your history sweetened with delicious anecdotes and tasty bon mots.
OK, we're not talking comic genius here and almost certainly these bon mots are written for him, but his efforts ensure that when he speaks we're all ears, as is he.
Jamie is a rather sweet aristocratic chap whom I'm sure charms the Tory ladies with his after dinner bon mots.