Definition of bonhomie in English:



mass noun
  • Cheerful friendliness; geniality.

    ‘he exuded good humour and bonhomie’
    • ‘A friendly local crowd who speak English add to the jovial bonhomie and everyone seems to know your name.’
    • ‘We were also too good at maintaining the usual façade of cheerful bonhomie, on the occasions where we did see them.’
    • ‘The bonhomie and integration of the new squad were also most evident at the post-match meal.’
    • ‘Angus Lordie brings bonhomie and his dog, Cyril, to the residence; and Matthew and his father, Gordon, negotiate their familial roles.’
    • ‘Although he had been here less than 24 hours, Sam knew this jovial bonhomie on Howell's part was unnatural.’
    • ‘The warmth and bonhomie shared by Telugu film world's biggest stars was something that is to be seen to be believed.’
    • ‘Good cheer and bonhomie make this a happy time for you.’
    • ‘The two friends share a joke and their bonhomie is touching.’
    • ‘Overall, the evening had a genuine sense of bonhomie and hope.’
    • ‘Their brand of boisterous bonhomie and quirky humour is in short supply here.’
    • ‘The atmosphere is one of bonhomie and hundreds of onlookers, unmindful of the heavy downpour, savour every moment of this unique ritual.’
    • ‘There is after all nothing like a few days decent sunshine to unite this sun-starved nation in bonhomie.’
    • ‘The 300-year-old inn exudes bohemian bonhomie and is one of the best loved in Puerto Rico.’
    • ‘He did his best under difficult circumstances, but remained a tense, suspicious figure whose occasional attempts at cheery bonhomie always struck a false note with us.’
    • ‘‘We'll send someone out on Monday ’, she said in her cheerful bonhomie.’
    • ‘Instead he plays Arthur as a terrifying yet avuncular figure, apt to switch from jovial bonhomie to murderous rage with lightning speed.’
    • ‘The front-of-house man may have been underworked, but he oozed bonhomie and competence without ever threatening to become over-attentive.’
    • ‘In contrast to the India-Pakistan matches in the past, the current series exuded bonhomie.’
    • ‘They are friendly but there is a certain reserve, and false bonhomie is very low on the agenda.’
    • ‘In a rare show of bonhomie and good humour, he talked about life as a writer and indicated that this might be his last book.’
    geniality, congeniality, conviviality, cordiality, affability, amiability, sociability, friendliness, warmth, warm-heartedness, good nature, good humour, joviality, cheerfulness, good cheer, cheeriness, jollity, happiness
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Late 18th century: from French, from bonhomme ‘good fellow’.