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“Bonsoir” is the common way to say “Good evening” in French.
It’s literally made of two parts:
And it shouldn’t be confused with “Bonne soirée” which is used differently (example below…)
As you probably know, when you meet someone, the common way to say “Hello” in French is “Bonjour“. But after a certain time of the day (around the sunset) you should use instead “Bonsoir” (Good evening).
But be careful, “Bonne soirée” isn’t a synonym for “Bonsoir“. It means “I wish you a good evening” and then you should use it when you are saying bye to someone in the evening.
Also, if it’s very late or if the person mentioned that he/she is going to sleep, you can add “Bonne nuit” (Good night)