What is the meaning of the word Bon Appetit?
When broken down, ‘bon’ is the french word for good and ‘appétit’ is the french word for ‘appetite’ so the phrase is literally translated to ‘good appetite’.
French speakers sometimes use it as an interjection before their meals to their dining companions as a way to tell each other to enjoy their meal.
Other cultures also have a way to say ‘good appetite’. Here are a few examples?
- German Guten Appetit
- Italian Buon appetito
- Portuguese Bom apetite
- Spanish Buen apetito or Buen provecho
So…enjoy your meal,
or Bon Appétit!