embonpoint

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French embonpoint.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • enPR: äɴbôɴpwĕɴ, IPA(key): /ɑ̃bɔ̃pwɛ̃/

Noun[edit]

embonpoint (plural embonpoints)

  1. Plumpness, stoutness, especially when voluptuous.
    • 1911, J.M. Barrie, Peter and Wendy:
      She was slightly inclined to embonpoint.
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses:
      The beautiful woman threw off her sabletrimmed wrap, displaying her queenly shoulders and heaving embonpoint.
    • 2002, Colin Jones, The Great Nation, Penguin 2003, p. 1:
      The patient's physicians had always allowed him to indulge a gargantuan appetite, countering his intake and regulating his embonpoint by a heroic diet of purges and enemas.

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Adjective[edit]

embonpoint (comparative more embonpoint, superlative most embonpoint)

  1. Plump, chubby, buxom.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From en bon point, literally ‘in good condition’.

The rule in French is to write /n/ as /m/ in front of /m, p/ or /b/ - here the rule is applied to the first /n/ but not the second since the rule does not apply to the words derived from bon : bonbon, bonbonne and bonbonnière.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɑ̃.bɔ̃.pwɛ̃/

Noun[edit]

embonpoint m (plural embonpoints)

  1. Plumpness, stoutness
    Quoique La Brière fût alors mince, il appartient à ce genre de tempéraments qui, formés tard, prennent à trente ans un embonpoint inattendu. (Honoré de Balzac, Modeste Mignon, 1844)

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