One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The plump or fleshy part of a person's body, in particular a woman's bosom.‘I have lost my embonpoint, and become quite thin’
chest, bosom, breastsView synonyms
- ‘Both women have the chalky flesh-tones, the lank pelt of body-hair, and the deep folds of embonpoint characteristic of Baldung's unenticing nudes.’
- ‘The much discussed embonpoint was merely his lungs forcing his stomach out.’
- ‘One theory is that the cold and wet in the opening week did not permit him to lose weight, as the heat he prefers might have: an extra kilo of embonpoint does not help on mountains.’
- ‘One reason she gave was that other women plainly resented her glorious embonpoint.’
- ‘For example, when she wasn't working car shows, Kelley worked bars in Richmond Hill, her embonpoint en regalia in a low-cut dress with a beer logo plastered on it.’
Late 17th century: from French en bon point ‘in good condition’.
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