mot

When you impress your friends with a witty observation or a funny quip, you use a mot. Your favorite teacher might be well known for her clever mots.

If someone uses the perfect word or puts things in a particularly amusing way, they're skilled with a mot — short for a bon mot, or a "good saying" or "good word" in French. Mot is used in French to mean a "remark" or "short speech," and it comes from the Latin root mutum, "mutter" or "grunt."

Definitions of mot
  1. noun
    a clever remark
    synonyms: bon mot
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    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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