American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The condition of being plump; stoutness.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Exaggerated plumpness; rotundity of figure; stoutness: a euphemism for fatness or fleshiness.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Plumpness of person; -- said especially of persons somewhat corpulent.
- n. the bodily property of being well rounded
- adj. sufficiently fat so as to have a pleasing fullness of figure
- From French embonpoint. (Wiktionary)
- French, from en bon point, in good condition : en, in (from Latin in; see in-2) + bon, good (from Old French; see boon2) + point, situation, condition; see point. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“And it is weird to get off a boring old commuter train to be faced on the platform with a vast embonpoint, half swathed in shiny scarlet shantung silk, half exposed, like being attacked by a giant blancmange with strawberries.”
“The maid for me is young brunette embonpoint-scant.”
“It went down soft pulpy, slushy, oozy—all its delicious embonpoint melted down my throat like a large beatified Strawberry.”
“The begatting has begun and poor old Emma is becoming "exceeding embonpoint" to say nothing of feeling as sick as a dog and must have put a brave face on it all as she suffered the vagaries of trans-European travel a la 1790's.”
“In the athletae, embonpoint, if carried to its utmost limit, is dangerous, for they cannot remain in the same state nor be stationary; and since, then, they can neither remain stationary nor improve, it only remains for them to get worse; for these reasons the embonpoint should be reduced without delay, that the body may again have a commencement of reparation.”
“Her form, though rather embonpoint, was nevertheless graceful; and the elasticity and firmness of her step gave no room to suspect, what was actually the case, that she suffered occasionally from a disorder the most unfavourable to pedestrian exercise.”
“The lady was rather above the middle size, beautifully made, though something embonpoint, with a hand and arm exquisitely formed.”
“It is remarkable, however, that ladies of recent English extraction, under exactly the same circumstances, retain their good looks into middle life, and advancing years produce _embonpoint_, instead of angularity.”
“Chaulieu, who, in spite of her embonpoint, sat her horse admirably, rode up to Modeste, finding it more for her dignity not to avoid that young person, to whom the evening before she had not said a single word.”
“The habit of the body also occasions a certain difference, for in those who are in a state of embonpoint and fleshy the joint is rarely dislocated, but is more difficult to reduce; but when they are more attenuated and leaner than usual, then they are subject to dislocations which are more easily reduced.”
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