Definition of bonbon in English:



  • A piece of confectionery; a sweet.

    • ‘Ben also paid £1.89 for a pack of lemon bonbons that turned out to be so hard in the centre that they were practically inedible.’
    • ‘On another occasion, Maggie is chatting to a Conservative MP when Judy gives them both a bonbon.’
    • ‘Twentieth-century bonbons and sweets made in France include numerous regional specialities, traditional or modern, unobtainable anywhere else.’
    • ‘The market in Gérardmer has several stands selling those bonbons, in piles of little bags (one flavor or mixed flavors) stacked along the stand.’
    • ‘‘I heard you are presently engaged with a certain Iruka,’ Yoroi started out of the blue, as he arranged the sweets and bonbons nonchalantly.’
    • ‘The syrup is produced in Nemours, a city to the South-East of Paris, where they've had a specialty of bonbons au coquelicot (red poppy candy) since the 1870's.’
    • ‘Some ironies are sweet little bonbons, consumed quickly and effortlessly.’
    • ‘‘The kids just love these,’ I say, while waving a bag of strawberry bonbons over my head.’
    • ‘‘You don't want them to think you've been eating bonbons and watching TV for five years,’ he said.’
    • ‘Other desserts include tiramisu and a bonbon liqueur, which looked as if it came from the Viennetta school of dessert design.’
    • ‘They screamed and were consoled with bonbons and cuddles.’
    • ‘Vorosmarty is home to the city's most famous confectionery shop, Gerbeaud patisserie, where the cognac cherry bonbon was invented.’
    • ‘Queen Elizabeth I loved bonbons, and aristocratic Tudor households would pride themselves on presenting elaborate sugar artifices.’
    • ‘It recalled the neat, mouth-watering display of bonbons with which his father, a chocolatier, tempted the passers-by.’
    • ‘They bet bonbons and other goodies instead of the usual shillings, for no one wanted to lose money during Christmastime.’


Late 18th century: from French, reduplication of bon good, from Latin bonus.