Definition of bonbon in English:



  • A piece of candy, especially one covered with chocolate.

    • ‘Like the bonbons that line gilded boxes of chocolates, their names adorn one storefront after another above displays of leather coats, designer purses and gold bracelets.’
    • ‘Garoto is tapping Ragold's U.S. distribution network for Velamints and Juicefuls, and may later add bonbons and other premium chocolate treats.’
    • ‘This tasty anti-globalization bonbon may have a slightly hollow centre, however, and the weakness stems, ironically, from a lack of information.’
    • ‘Butler's cafe has raised the coffee bar to super-latte levels, and the chocolate truffles are worthy of a place in bonbon heaven.’
    • ‘The market in Gérardmer has several stands selling those bonbons, in piles of little bags (one flavor or mixed flavors) stacked along the stand.’
    • ‘Vorosmarty is home to the city's most famous confectionery shop, Gerbeaud patisserie, where the cognac cherry bonbon was invented.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘Some ironies are sweet little bonbons, consumed quickly and effortlessly.’
    • ‘Don't you think that's too early for chocolate bonbons?’
    • ‘As governor, he even prohibited over-the-candy-counter sale of bonbons with liqueur centers.’
    • ‘As he toiled, she lay flat on her back on the living room floor, occasionally scratching her belly but mostly just watching Nick at Nite and eating bonbons.’
    • ‘Rob was at the finish with two bags full of cookies and bonbons from a local patisserie.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So why didn't I go to work and write the thing, instead of dawdling around the house eating bonbons?’
    • ‘The finest chocolate bonbons allow the flavor of the chocolate to come through without interference from the other flavors and ingredients.’
    • ‘It recalled the neat, mouth-watering display of bonbons with which his father, a chocolatier, tempted the passers-by.’
    • ‘They screamed and were consoled with bonbons and cuddles.’
    • ‘‘The kids just love these,’ I say, while waving a bag of strawberry bonbons over my head.’
    • ‘And mochi ice-cream balls: Half-scoops of assorted flavors are coated with just enough pressed-rice candy to appear weird but taste like bonbons.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Queen Elizabeth I loved bonbons, and aristocratic Tudor households would pride themselves on presenting elaborate sugar artifices.’
    • ‘At last came the cheese cart, and after cheese came dessert, an array of chocolate bonbons, and a silver bowl of ripe cherries and blushing apricots.’
    • ‘Twentieth-century bonbons and sweets made in France include numerous regional specialities, traditional or modern, unobtainable anywhere else.’
    • ‘On another occasion, Maggie is chatting to a Conservative MP when Judy gives them both a bonbon.’
    • ‘‘I heard you are presently engaged with a certain Iruka,’ Yoroi started out of the blue, as he arranged the sweets and bonbons nonchalantly.’
    • ‘They bet bonbons and other goodies instead of the usual shillings, for no one wanted to lose money during Christmastime.’
    delicacy, tasty morsel, titbit, fancy, luxury, treat, nibble, savoury, appetizer, bonne bouche, confection
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Late 18th century: from French, reduplication of bon ‘good’, from Latin bonus.