Definition of bonne bouche in English:

bonne bouche

Pronunciation /bɒn ˈbuːʃ//bɔn buʃ/

nounPlural bonne bouches, Plural bonnes bouches

  • An appetizing item of food, especially something sweet eaten at the end of a meal.

    ‘bonnes bouches such as Italian almond biscuits and chocolate-covered figs’
    • ‘The ‘dinner’ can be anything from a full-blown eight course feast to a range of bonnes bouches and tapas.’
    • ‘However, I kept postponing it until our very last day - I suppose I was saving it pour la bonne bouche!’
    • ‘The musical score really is a string of Mozartian bonnes bouches but one can't object to this cherry-picking as it is done so lovingly.’
    • ‘Classic Hungarian gastronomy is nothing less than French bonne bouches reaching Hungary via Austria and mixing with ancient Hungarian peasant dishes.’
    • ‘The French idea of a golf day is a gastronomic scramble with different vintages and bonnes bouches to offer at the back of every green.’
    • ‘Star restaurants are offering customers the chance to go feral with bonnes bouches like nettle froth and rowan sorbet.’
    • ‘The chef of the adjacent Fountain Restaurant - pictured left - sent us some little bonnes bouches for us to sample from his menu.’


French, literally ‘a good taste in the mouth’, from bonne, feminine of bon ‘good’, and bouche ‘mouth’.


bonne bouche

/bɒn ˈbuːʃ//bɔn buʃ/