Definition of bonbon in US English:



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

    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘Rob was at the finish with two bags full of cookies and bonbons from a local patisserie.’
    • ‘The finest chocolate bonbons allow the flavor of the chocolate to come through without interference from the other flavors and ingredients.’
    • ‘‘You don't want them to think you've been eating bonbons and watching TV for five years,’ he said.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So why didn't I go to work and write the thing, instead of dawdling around the house eating bonbons?’
    • ‘This tasty anti-globalization bonbon may have a slightly hollow centre, however, and the weakness stems, ironically, from a lack of information.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Vorosmarty is home to the city's most famous confectionery shop, Gerbeaud patisserie, where the cognac cherry bonbon was invented.’
    • ‘Twentieth-century bonbons and sweets made in France include numerous regional specialities, traditional or modern, unobtainable anywhere else.’
    • ‘As governor, he even prohibited over-the-candy-counter sale of bonbons with liqueur centers.’
    • ‘Other desserts include tiramisu and a bonbon liqueur, which looked as if it came from the Viennetta school of dessert design.’
    • ‘Queen Elizabeth I loved bonbons, and aristocratic Tudor households would pride themselves on presenting elaborate sugar artifices.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Don't you think that's too early for chocolate bonbons?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘The kids just love these,’ I say, while waving a bag of strawberry bonbons over my head.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On another occasion, Maggie is chatting to a Conservative MP when Judy gives them both a bonbon.’
    • ‘Some ironies are sweet little bonbons, consumed quickly and effortlessly.’
    • ‘They bet bonbons and other goodies instead of the usual shillings, for no one wanted to lose money during Christmastime.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.