One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
‘Fine’, ‘great’; ‘all well and good’; ‘so be it’.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Philip Stanhope (1694–1773), politician and diplomatist. From French à la bonne heure, lit. ‘at the right time’ from à (preposition) at, to + la, feminine definite article + bonne, feminine of bon good + heure hour, time.
à la bonne heure/ˌa la ˌbɒn ˈəː//ˌɑː lɑː ˌbɒn ˈəː//ˌa lə ˌbɒn ˈəː/
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