mot juste


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mot juste

 (mō zhüst′)
n. pl. mots justes (mō zhüst′)
Exactly the right word or expression.

[French : mot, word + juste, right.]

mot juste

(mo ʒyst)
n, pl mots justes (mo ʒyst)
the appropriate word or expression

mot juste

(moʊ ˈʒüst)

n., pl. mots justes (moʊ ˈʒüst) French.
the exact or appropriate word.

mot juste

A French phrase meaning right word, used to mean the most appropriate expression.
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Noun1.mot juste - the appropriate word or expression
choice of words, phraseology, wording, phrasing, verbiage, diction - the manner in which something is expressed in words; "use concise military verbiage"- G.S.Patton
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mot juste

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