bon mot

A bon mot is a witty statement, or a very well-chosen word. The most popular guest at a cocktail party is probably the one who keeps everyone chuckling with his bons mots.

In real life, we often come up with a bon mot long after a conversation is over — it's the perfect response, or the most charming way to express something. A politician who stays cool under pressure can respond to awkward questions or accusations with bons mots, and a teacher's bons mots can keep a classroom of students interested and entertained. In French, bon mot literally means "good word."

Definitions of bon mot

n a clever remark

Type of:
humor, humour, wit, witticism, wittiness
a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter

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