Definition of bon mot in English:

bon mot

noun

  • A witty remark.

    • ‘Didn't I make you laugh, with my laconic, self-deprecatory wit and easy facility with the well-placed bon mot?’
    • ‘The phrase ‘laughter in court’ often came from a carefully choreographed remark from a judge, solicitor or even accused after delivering a bon mot.’
    • ‘But of course, the barriers are only aimed at consumers, hence the amusing bon mot, ‘Consumer Protection’.’
    • ‘It's 40 minutes of bons mots and good humour and, as one might expect, it's slightly old-fashioned.’
    • ‘She dreams in French and occasionally drops a bon mot into conversation, obviously relishing the feel of it in her mouth.’
    • ‘He is laconically hilarious, hot in a blonde way, he can pass off a piece of dialogue as the wittiest bon mot without breaking a sweat and he also writes.’
    • ‘There's little I enjoy more than inventing new ways to sling words together to provide a bon mot, or a mot juste, if it pleases you better.’
    • ‘This bon mot is immediately, and tellingly, followed by: ‘Follow the script.’’
    • ‘Well, we have a right to bear arms so why not a right to bon mot?’
    • ‘Their motto isn't some fancy Latin or Norman French bon mot about steadfastness and glory - it's plain, single-syllable English: ‘One shot, one kill.’’
    • ‘Thankfully, McCaughey doesn't reserve his bons mots solely for his songs.’
    • ‘But it's another case of the author not being famous enough to carry such a bon mot, like Oscar Wilde and James Whistler.’
    • ‘But his way with a withering bon mot is nothing compared with the charm he displays when dealing with the fairer sex.’
    • ‘Every political side gets their shot at a bon mot, a quip, or a zinger.’
    • ‘How sophisticated to make a bon mot of the president's name.’
    • ‘I usually think of something obtuse to say at this point, but I'm trying to say my bon mot for tomorrow, and the rest of the week.’
    • ‘He was particularly good, for example, at rendering that slightly quizzical arch of the eyebrow and half-smile that precedes the bon mot.’
    • ‘They've painted little bons mots on the walls, which set the tone.’
    • ‘He was a master of the bon mot and the devastating epithet.’
    • ‘His elegant, meticulously phrased performances of Haydn and Mozart became legendary, as did his caustic, witty bons mots.’
    witticism, quip, pun, pleasantry, jest, joke, sally
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Origin

Mid 18th century: French, literally ‘good word’.

Pronunciation

bon mot

/bɒn ˈməʊ/