Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A clever saying; a witticism.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A clever saying, phrase or witticism; often, a witty riposte in dialogue.

Etymologies

French : bon, good + mot, word.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French bon mot ("good word"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • By-the-by, I heard another bon mot of poor Colonel

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  • The next stage, gastrulation, is the subject of a famous bon mot by Lewis Wolpert: ‘It is not birth, marriage, or death, but gastrulation, which is truly the most important time in your life.’

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  • A clever remark; witticism. (from WordCraft)

    May 20, 2008