bon mot
noun (plural bons mots or bon mots) Etymology: French, literally, good word Date: circa 1730 a clever remark ; witticism

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  • bon mot — 1735, French, good saying, lit. good word, from BON (Cf. bon) good + mot (12c.), from V.L. muttum, from L. muttire to mutter, mumble, murmur (see MUTTER (Cf. mutter)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • bon mot — [bōn′ mō′; ] Fr [ bōn mō′] n. pl. bons mots [bōn′ mōz′; ] Fr [ bōn mō′] [Fr, lit., good word] an apt, clever, or witty remark …   English World dictionary

  • bon mot — loc.s.m.inv. ES fr. {{wmetafile0}} battuta spiritosa, motto arguto e divertente Sinonimi: arguzia, facezia. {{line}} {{/line}} DATA: 1813. ETIMO: fr. bon mot propr. buon motto …   Dizionario italiano

  • bon mot — {{/stl 13}}{{stl 7}}[wym. bą mo] {{/stl 7}}{{stl 8}}rz. mnż I, D. u, Mc. bon motmocie {{/stl 8}}{{stl 7}} udane, efektowne powiedzenie, celna riposta, zręczny, trafny dowcip : {{/stl 7}}{{stl 10}}Popisywać się bon motami w towarzystwie pań.… …   Langenscheidt Polski wyjaśnień

  • bon mot — (izg. bȏn mȏ) m DEFINICIJA duhovita opaska ETIMOLOGIJA fr …   Hrvatski jezični portal

  • bon mot — фр. (бон мо) острое словечко, острота. Отсюда в России в 19 в. бонмотист, т. е. остряк. Толковый словарь иностранных слов Л. П. Крысина. М: Русский язык, 1998 …   Словарь иностранных слов русского языка

  • Bon mot — (fr., spr. Bong moh), Witzwort, launiger, sinnreicher Einfall …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Bon mot — (frz. Bongmoh), witziges, sinnreiches Wort, witziger Einfall …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • bon mot — /bɔ̃ mo/, it. /bo m:o/ locuz. m., fr. (propr. parola giusta ), usata in ital. come s.m. [frase arguta, battuta spiritosa] ▶◀ amenità, arguzia, battuta (di spirito), boutade, facezia, frizzo, (lett.) lepidezza, motto (di spirito), piacevolezza,… …   Enciclopedia Italiana

  • bon mot — [ˌbɔn ˈməu US ˌbo:n ˈmou] n written [Date: 1700 1800; : French; Origin: good word ] a clever remark …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • bon mot — [ ,bɔ̃ɜ mou ] noun count FORMAL a funny clever remark …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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