Definitions

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

  • n. Exactly the right word or expression.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The perfectly appropriate word or phrase for the situation.

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

  • n. the appropriate word or expression

Etymologies

French : mot, word + juste, right.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • "'My west window,' says the ancient Canon D'Ascoyne, showing a visitor around his ancient church, 'has all of the...' he searches for the mot juste, 'exuberance of Chaucer, without any of the... concomitant crudities.'"
    -- Vincent Canby, 'Sir Alec: Amid the Laurels, Very Hardy', New York Times, 25 April 1983.

    November 6, 2008

  • Exactly the right word or expression. (from WordCraft)

    May 20, 2008