- The Beaux' Stratagem was the title of a play written in 1707 by the Irish comic dramatist George Farquhar (1678-1707). In that play an innkeeper was called Boniface, Latin for "do good," because it was believed that Pope Boniface VI, whose reign in 896 of only fifteen days, promised an indulgence for anyone who would drink to his health. This may have been the reason an innkeeper in the play was called Boniface. During the early times of stagecoach travel, the innkeeper was likely to greet guests at his door to welcome them. The word Boniface was given the innkeeper, and it stuck. The word applies equally well to proprietors of nightclubs, hotels, or restaurants.Many practices of times gone by are no longer respected. Even though an innkeeper may not greet his guests with warm hospitality, the name for an innkeeper has remained. Ebenezer Cobham Brewer extends the meaning of boniface to include any sleek, well-mannered, jolly landlord.
Dictionary of eponyms. Morton S. Freeman. 2013.
Look at other dictionaries:
Boniface IX — Pope Boniface IX † Catholic Encyclopedia ► Pope Boniface IX Elected at Rome, 2 November, 1389, as successor of the Roman Pope, Urban VI; d. there, 1 October, 1404. Piero (Perino, Pietro) Tomacelli came of an ancient but impoverished… … Catholic encyclopedia
Boniface II — Pope Boniface II † Catholic Encyclopedia ► Pope Boniface II Elected 17 September, 530; died October, 532. In calling him the son of Sigisbald, the Liber Pontificalis makes first mention of a pope s Germanic ancestry. Boniface… … Catholic encyclopedia
Boniface — (französische Form von Bonifatius) ist der Name verschiedener Persönlichkeiten: Nachname: Saddique Boniface (* 1960), ghanaischer Politiker Vorname: Boniface Agambila, ghanaischer Politiker Boniface Alexandre (* 1936), haitianischer Richter und… … Deutsch Wikipedia
Boniface IV — Pope St. Boniface IV † Catholic Encyclopedia ► Pope St. Boniface IV Son of John, a physician, a Marsian from the province and town of Valeria; he succeeded Boniface III after a vacancy of over nine months; consecrated 25 August, 608;… … Catholic encyclopedia
boniface — ⇒BONIFACE, subst. et adj. Vx, littér. (Celui) qui est bon avec simplicité, qui est d une gentillesse un peu naïve : • 1. [La vieille Thiérachoise :] vous v s entendez à être gentil [envers votre femme] à c t heure. Jamais je ne vous ons connu… … Encyclopédie Universelle
Boniface V — Pope Boniface V † Catholic Encyclopedia ► Pope Boniface V A Neapolitan who succeeded Deusdedit after a vacancy of more than a year; consecrated 23 December, 619; d. 25 October, 625. Before his consecration Italy was disturbed by the… … Catholic encyclopedia
Boniface — On trouve ce nom un peu partout en France, mais il est particulièrement représenté dans la Marne. C est un nom de baptême d origine latine (bonifacius = qui a bonne figure, ou plutôt bonifatius = qui a un bon destin). Saint Boniface était un… … Noms de famille
Boniface VI — Pope Boniface VI † Catholic Encyclopedia ► Pope Boniface VI A Roman, elected in 896 by the Roman faction in a popular tumult, to succeed Formosus. He had twice incurred a sentence of deprivation of orders, as a subdeacon and as a… … Catholic encyclopedia
BONIFACE° — BONIFACE°, name of nine popes. Only the last two showed significant evidence of concern with the Jews of Europe. BONIFACE VIII 1294–1303, in his Jewish policy displayed an attitude substantially like that of his 13th century predecessors. In 1295 … Encyclopedia of Judaism
Boniface — innkeeper, 1803, from Will Boniface, character in George Farquhar s comedy The Beaux Stratagem (1707). Contrary to the common opinion, this name derives not from Latin bonifacius well doer, but from bonifatius, from bonum good and fatum fate. The … Etymology dictionary
Boniface — [bän′ə fəs, bän′əfās΄] 1. Saint (born Winfrid or Wynfrith) (A.D. 675? 754?); Eng. monk & missionary in Germany: his day is June 5 2. Boniface VIII (born Benedetto Caetani) 1235? 1303; pope (1294 1303) … English World dictionary