from The Century Dictionary.

  • See bein, etc.


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  • "_Très bien très bien_" said the curé, nodding his head in critical commendation.

    In and out of Three Normady Inns Anna Bowman Dodd

  • Note the idiomatic use of _bien_, and cf. _je le veux bien_, ‘I am _perfectly_ willing’; _voulez-vous bien vous en aller_, ‘_won’t_ you go away!’

    Le Petit Chose (part 1) Histoire d'un Enfant Alphonse Daudet 1868

  • I well remember when suggesting the communists had anything to do with this incident was regarded in bien pensant circles as incontrovertible proof of right-wing kookery.

    Eastern Europe 2009

  • La Composition de l'Indigo Partie mucilagineuse séparable moyennant de l'eau 12 L'esprit-de-vin bien rectifié détache des parties résineuses 6 Du vinaigre distillé dissout la partie terreuse, mais n'attaque pas le fer, qui est ici en forme de chaux 22 L'acid marin emporte le fer calciné 13 [Total] 53

    The Creation of Color in Eighteenth-Century Europe 2006

  • The town is reckoned well built, and what the French call bien percee; yet the streets are in general narrow, and the houses dark.

    Travels through France and Italy 2004

  • C'est dans cette anecdote qu'il faudrait, d'après certains auteurs, voir l'origine d'une expression bien connue: nous voulons parler du "quart d'heure de Rabelais."

    French Conversation and Composition Harry Vincent Wann

  • It is to be feared that in roving among those shelves in Great Russell-street he showed himself something of a freebooter, taking his "bien" wherever it was to be found; but did not Molière frankly acknowledge the same practice?

    Birds of Prey 1875

  • I don’t have the level of confidence I have in French, particularly in heated debates – lorsqu’une phrase bien sentie peut clouer le bec a vos adversaires.

    cultural schizophrenia 2005

  • "Je trouvay l'expression bien forte: mais je ne voulois rien repondre, car le Roy s'estoit, desja fort emporte."] [Footnote 250: Mackenzie.] [Footnote 251: Walker's Account.

    The History of England, from the Accession of James II — Volume 3 Thomas Babington Macaulay Macaulay 1829

  • So as long as it was teamed with something silken and expensive, bien sûr!

    BritChick Paris: Why Having a French Boyfriend Is Like Living With a Fashion Stylist BritChick Paris 2011


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