bonhomie


Also found in: Thesaurus.

bon·ho·mie

 (bŏn′ə-mē′)
n.
A pleasant and affable disposition; geniality.

[French, from bonhomme, good-natured man : bon, good (from Latin bonus; see deu- in Indo-European roots) + homme, man (from Latin homō; see dhghem- in Indo-European roots).]

bon′ho·mous (bŏn′ə-məs) adj.

bonhomie

(ˈbɒnəmiː; French bɔnɔmi)
n
exuberant friendliness
[C18: from French, from bonhomme good-humoured fellow, from bon good + homme man]

bon•ho•mie

(ˌbɒn əˈmi, ˌboʊ nə-)

n.
a good-natured manner; geniality.
[1795–1805; < French]
bon′ho•mous (-məs) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bonhomie - a disposition to be friendly and approachable (easy to talk to)bonhomie - a disposition to be friendly and approachable (easy to talk to)
friendliness - a friendly disposition
condescendingness, condescension - affability to your inferiors and temporary disregard for differences of position or rank; "the queen's condescension was intended to make us feel comfortable"
mellowness - geniality, as through the effects of alcohol or marijuana
sweetness and light - a mild reasonableness; "when he learned who I was he became all sweetness and light"

bonhomie

Translations

bonhomie

[ˈbɒnɒmiː] Nafabilidad f

bonhomie

[ˈbɒnəmi] nbonhomie f

bonhomie

nBonhomie f (geh), → Jovialität f
References in classic literature ?
This word "servant" struck rudely on the ears of the demi-millionnaire Planchet, but natural respect and bonhomie prevailed over pride.
Oblonsky, of course, goes out of bonhomie, but other people say:
"Parties will not be wanting, monsieur le cardinal," replied Monsieur, with a bonhomie worthy of one tradesman congratulating another.
The good humor and bonhomie called up by this last evening amongst his old friends had disappeared.
Riley, a gentleman with a waxen complexion and fat hands, rather highly educated for an auctioneer and appraiser, but large-hearted enough to show a great deal of bonhomie toward simple country acquaintances of hospitable habits.
If the outline had been less finely cut, his face might have been called jolly; but that was not the right word for its mixture of bonhomie and distinction.
There is a gaiety, a bonhomie, in the atmosphere of the New York streets.
Conrad is full of bonhomie when he arrives, treating locals to hospitality in the pub.
SCRITTI POLITTI: Anomie And Bonhomie (Virgin) - Green Gartside retains his style after an eight- year absence.
He is the perfect British operative--his politeness and bonhomie masking an obsessive quest for the truth.
Brigadier Ashwani Nayyar of Commander 21 Sector AR said, "It will foster friendship and greater bonhomie and coordination between our border guarding forces.
THE new- found bonhomie between Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Lok Janshakti Party ( LJP) president Ram Vilas Paswan has become a cause of discomfiture for Rashtriya Janata Dal ( RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad.