Definition of bonne femme in US English:

bonne femme


  • postpositive (of fish dishes, stews, and soups) cooked in a simple way.

    ‘sole bonne femme’
    • ‘Chicken Bonne Femme is a classic Creole dish that dates back to the 19th century.’
    • ‘A few years ago we brought in a top chef to do Dover sole bonne femme, frog's legs and halibut in spicy tomato.’
    • ‘Monica ordered the black sole bonne femme, poached and served with a white wine and cream sauce with mushrooms and shallots at €34.50.’
    • ‘This week, we're trying poached black bream with basil and peas ‘bonne femme.’’
    • ‘Whether you use leftover baked apples from the Apple Bonne Femme, or apples cooked especially for this dish, the Apple Meringue makes an interesting dessert.’


French, from the phrase à la bonne femme ‘in the manner of a good housewife’.


bonne femme

/ˌbän ˈfam/