Definition of bonhomie in US English:



  • Cheerful friendliness; geniality.

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