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Syllabification: flâ·neur
Pronunciation: /fläˈnər, -ˈnœr
(also flaneur)

Definition of flâneur in English:

noun (plural flâneurs pronounced same)

An idler or lounger.
Example sentences
  • The 19th-century French poet Charles Baudelaire called the flâneur the ‘perfect idler’ and the ‘passionate observer.’
  • A discussion of the skateboarder as flâneur invokes Baudelaire and Benjamin, among others.
  • Raising one eyebrow over a well-turned shoulder is about all this canine flâneur offers by way of a large hello.


French, from flâner 'saunter, lounge'.

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