Embonpoint is a fancy way to talk about someone's curvy or plump figure. Embonpoint, pronounced "ahm-bohn-PWAH," is, you guessed it, French in origin. It comes from the phrase "en bon point," which literally means "in good shape."

Embonpoint is generally a compliment, not a criticism — it doesn't mean overweight or fat. You can use embonpoint as a noun or as an adjective: "Your embonpoint friend looks wonderfully curvy in her new dress." Although this word is usually used to describe bodies, the Romantic poet John Keats takes some poetic license when he describes eating a nectarine: “It went down soft, pulpy, slushy, oozy — all its delicious embonpoint melted down my throat like a large beatified Strawberry.”

Definitions of embonpoint
  1. noun
    the bodily property of being well rounded
    synonyms: plumpness, roundness
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    chubbiness, pudginess, rolypoliness, tubbiness
    the property of having a plump and round body
    the bodily property of being attractively plump and vigorous and (of women) full-bosomed
    type of:
    corpulency, fleshiness, obesity
    more than average fatness
  2. adjective
    sufficiently fat so as to have a pleasing fullness of figure
    synonyms: chubby, plump
    having an (over)abundance of flesh
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