bon appétit

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Borrowing from French bon appétit (literally good appetite), from bon (good) + appétit (appetite).


  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˌbɒn apəˈtiː/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˌboʊn æpəˈti(t)/[1][2]
  • Most American and British dictionaries prescribe French-like pronunciations like /ˌbɔː.næ.peɪˈtiː/,[3][4][5] /ˌbɒn apɛˈtiː/[6][7][8] and /ˈbɔn ˌæpəˈti/,[9] which, however, are not encountered in American speech, where the pronunciations /ˌboʊn æpəˈtit/ and /ˌboʊn æpəˈti/ predominate.
  • Rhymes: -iː, -iːt
  • Hyphenation: bon ap‧pé‧tit


bon appétit!

  1. Used to wish someone enjoyment of the meal they are about to eat.
    Synonyms: enjoy your meal



  1. ^ bon appétit” (US) / “bon appétit” (UK) in Oxford Dictionaries, Oxford University Press. (US)
  2. ^ Wordsworths Concise English Dictionary (ISBN 1840224975) /ˌbo(ʊ).næ.pəˈti/
  3. ^ bon appétit” in the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: Merriam-Webster, 1996–.
  4. ^ bon appétit” in Unabridged,, LLC, 1995–.
  5. ^ bon appétit” in Michael Agnes, editor-in-chief, Webster's New World College Dictionary, 4th edition, Cleveland, Oh.: Wiley, 2010, ISBN 978-0-02-863118-9; reproduced on the Collins English Dictionary, Glasgow: HarperCollins Publishers.
  6. ^ Oxford Dictionary of English (2012, ISBN 0199571120)
  7. ^ Concise OED (2011, ISBN 0199601119)
  8. ^ bon appétit” (US) / “bon appétit” (UK) in Oxford Dictionaries, Oxford University Press. (UK)
  9. ^ WordReference's Random House Learner's Dictictionary of American English



Literally “good appetite”.


  • IPA(key): /bɔ.n‿
  • Rhymes: -i


bon appétit !

  1. bon appétit, enjoy your meal
    Synonyms: bon ap' (informal shortening)