August 17th, 2012

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Friday word: Embonpoint

Embonpoint: (\äⁿ-bōⁿ-ˈpwaⁿ): plumpness, stoutness.

Etymology: French, from Middle French, from en bon point in good condition
First Known Use: 1670

Example:

Her figure, of medium height and broad build, with a tendency to embonpoint, was reflected by the mirror of her whitewood wardrobe, in a gown made under her own organization, of one of those half-tints, reminiscent of the distempered walls of corridors in large hotels.

(about Bosinney's aunt Louisa in John Galsworthy's The Forsyte Saga)