Borrowing from French mot juste
- (UK) IPA(key): /məʊˈʒuːst/ (or as French, below)
mot juste (plural mots justes)
- 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.
mot juste m (plural mots justes)
- Exactly the right word or phrasing.