Definition of Mot juste

1. Noun. The appropriate word or expression.




Definition of Mot juste

1. Noun. The perfectly appropriate word or phrase for the situation. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Lexicographical Neighbors of Mot Juste

most undesirable
most unpleasant
most unsuitable
most valuable player
most wicked
most widespread
mostaccioli
moste
mostest
mostests
mostly
mosts
mostwhat
mosy
mosying
mot juste (current term)
mota
motard
motards
motation
motations
motavizumab
motccil
mote
moted
motel room
motelier
moteliers
motelike

Literary usage of Mot juste

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Yellow Book (1895)
"But the mot juste is sometimes not the best word to use. One must know what the mot juste is, but sometimes one should erase it and substitute the demi-mot. ..."

2. The African Novels of Louis Bertrand: A Phase of the Renascence of National by David Clark Cabeen (1922)
"Louis Bertrand does not, either here or elsewhere, elaborate his details to the same degree; his "mot juste" is seldom more than a single word, ..."

3. Convention and Revolt in Poetry by John Livingston Lowes (1919)
"I do not believe that vers libre has nearly the advantage over metre that is claimed for it in the choice of the mot juste. If it is merely a matter of ..."

4. While I Remember by Stephen McKenna (1921)
"I decided that 'dim' was the mot juste for him. I had already essayed to write, and was immensely keen on the mot juste, that Holy Grail of the period. ..."

5. Thus to Revisit: Some Reminiscences by Ford Madox Ford (1921)
"But they did object—and very wildly—to le mot juste. It was something foreign ... But—so it seemed to them—le mot juste meant "every word a sparkler. ..."

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