bon mot


bon mot
   (bonh MOH) [French: good word] An elegant expression; the right word at the right time; a compliment.
   Ideally he would like to die while gardening, and he would like it to be quick, although not so quick as to deny him the opportunity of uttering his final bon mot. —The New York Times, April 24, 1999.

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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