Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The condition of being plump; stoutness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Plumpness, stoutness, especially when voluptuous.
  • adj. Plump, chubby, buxom.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Plumpness of person; -- said especially of persons somewhat corpulent.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Exaggerated plumpness; rotundity of figure; stoutness: a euphemism for fatness or fleshiness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the bodily property of being well rounded
  • adj. sufficiently fat so as to have a pleasing fullness of figure

Etymologies

French, from en bon point, in good condition : en, in (from Latin in; see in-2) + bon, good (from Old French; see boon2) + point, situation, condition; see point.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French embonpoint. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And it is weird to get off a boring old commuter train to be faced on the platform with a vast embonpoint, half swathed in shiny scarlet shantung silk, half exposed, like being attacked by a giant blancmange with strawberries.

    Simon Hoggart's week: Olympic chiefs have built a Brigadoon for the rich

  • The maid for me is young brunette embonpoint-scant.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • It went down soft pulpy, slushy, oozy—all its delicious embonpoint melted down my throat like a large beatified Strawberry.

    The Fruit Hunters

  • The begatting has begun and poor old Emma is becoming "exceeding embonpoint" to say nothing of feeling as sick as a dog and must have put a brave face on it all as she suffered the vagaries of trans-European travel a la 1790's.

    65 entries from December 2006

  • In the athletae, embonpoint, if carried to its utmost limit, is dangerous, for they cannot remain in the same state nor be stationary; and since, then, they can neither remain stationary nor improve, it only remains for them to get worse; for these reasons the embonpoint should be reduced without delay, that the body may again have a commencement of reparation.

    Aphorisms

  • Her form, though rather embonpoint, was nevertheless graceful; and the elasticity and firmness of her step gave no room to suspect, what was actually the case, that she suffered occasionally from a disorder the most unfavourable to pedestrian exercise.

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • The lady was rather above the middle size, beautifully made, though something embonpoint, with a hand and arm exquisitely formed.

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • It is remarkable, however, that ladies of recent English extraction, under exactly the same circumstances, retain their good looks into middle life, and advancing years produce _embonpoint_, instead of angularity.

    The Englishwoman in America

  • Chaulieu, who, in spite of her embonpoint, sat her horse admirably, rode up to Modeste, finding it more for her dignity not to avoid that young person, to whom the evening before she had not said a single word.

    Modeste Mignon

  • The habit of the body also occasions a certain difference, for in those who are in a state of embonpoint and fleshy the joint is rarely dislocated, but is more difficult to reduce; but when they are more attenuated and leaner than usual, then they are subject to dislocations which are more easily reduced.

    On The Articulations

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  • I waas amused to find that embonpoint was used in the quoted translation of Hippocrates. How did the Academie Anglaise permit this?

    January 24, 2014

  • If she tries the gavotte and finds she can't
    But will turn bright red and heavily pant,
    On the subject of weight
    You should mildly state
    That Madame is admirably embonpoint.

    January 24, 2014

  • From Peter Pan, p. 26: "She was slightly inclined to embonpoint."

    August 19, 2012

  • "then she goes over the clothes she needs, B said, above all drawers and a corset that fits like a glove, A said, she wants to keep her shape, and says she has too much belly, she ought to give up beer, B recalled, but that embonpoint is by no means Molly's weak point, A said,"
    The House of Ulysses by Julián Ríos, translated by Nick Caistor, p 260

    December 27, 2010

  • found in H. G. Wells' The Invisible Man

    November 22, 2010

  • "Their physical resemblance would have been complete if an elderly embonpoint had not stretched Mrs. Archer’s black brocade, while Miss Archer’s brown and purple poplins hung, as the years went on, more and more slackly on her virgin frame."
    - Edith Wharton, 'The Age of Innocence'.

    September 19, 2009

  • NOUN: The condition of being plump; stoutness.
    ETYMOLOGY: French, from en bon point, in good condition : en, in (from Latin in; see in–2) + bon, good (from Old French; see boon2) + point, situation, condition; see point.

    May 15, 2007