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Bon Appétit – Enjoy your meal!

Bon Appétit – Enjoy your meal!

Today we’ll look at one of the most important expressions in the French langauge “bon appétit!”, which means “enjoy your meal!”. We’ll also look at the synonymous and slightly more formal expression bonne dégustation as well as the shortened slang expression “bon ap!”.

Bon appétit !

Enjoy your meal!

FrenchLearner Word of the Day lesson explaining bon appétit, meaning enjoy your meal.

Word origin

The French adjective bon comes from bonus in Latin. The masculine French noun appétit comes from the noun appetitus (desire for) and verb appetere (to seek after) in Latin.


English speakers have adopted the French expression bon appétit and say “bohn-a-puh-tee”. The correct French pronunciation is: bohn ah-pay-tee. This E with the upward slanting accute accent causes an ay sound as in play.

Example sentences

The French almost never start a meal without wishing each other “good appetite”. These first two example sentences are examples of how you’d hear bon appétit in a restaurant or someone’s home.

Heureux de vous avoir à notre restaurant, bon appétit !

Happy to have you at our restaurant. Enjoy your meal!

Je suis certain que tu vas adorer ce repas ! Bon appétit !

I’m sure you’ll love this meal. Bon appetit!

In addition to bon appétit, the French also use the expression bonne dégustation. The verb déguster means “to taste” in the context of tasting a high-quality food or beverage item.

Je suis ravi de vous présenter quelques specialités de la région. Bonne dégustation !

I’m delighted to show you some specialities from the region. Enjoy!

This final example uses a shortened informal and informal version: bon ap. You’d use this with friends and people you know. English equivalents are “enjoy” and “dig in”.

Bon ap, mes amis!

Dig in, my friends!


Et voilà ! Now you know how to use “bon appétit!” in French! Now check our lessons covering the word repas (meal) and ordering in a restaurant.

FrenchLearner word of the day: Bon appétit (enjoy your meal)


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David Issokson is a lifelong language enthusiast. His head is swimming with words and sounds as he speaks over six languages. Of all the languages he speaks, he's the most passionate about French! David has helped hundreds of students to improve their French in his private online lessons. When procrastinating working on FrenchLearner, David enjoys his time skiing and hiking in Teton Valley, Idaho.

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