mot juste

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /məʊˈʒuːst/ (or as French, below)

Noun[edit]

mot juste (plural mots justes)

  1. The perfectly appropriate word or phrase for the situation.
    • 1960, P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Offing, chapter V:
      She legged it, and for a moment silence reigned. Then Bobbie said, “Phew!” and I agreed that “Phew!” was the mot juste.

French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

mot juste m (plural mots justes)

  1. Exactly the right word or phrasing.

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