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debonair Line breaks: deb¦on|air
Pronunciation: /ˌdɛbəˈnɛː/

Definition of debonair in English:


(Of a man) confident, stylish, and charming: all the men looked debonair and handsome in white tie and tails
More example sentences
  • He's debonair, smooth, handsome and slim like Moore.
  • More often than not, Michael Douglas is known for playing suave, debonair men.
  • Which caused Dominic Hamilton, one of the most suave and debonair boys I'd ever met, go absolutely nuts.
suave, urbane, sophisticated, cultured, self-possessed, self-assured, confident, charming, gracious, well mannered, civil, courteous, gallant, chivalrous, gentlemanly, refined, polished, well bred, genteel, dignified, courtly;
well dressed, well groomed, well turned out, elegant, stylish, smart, dashing, dapper, spruce, trim, attractive;
French soigné
informal smooth, swish, swanky, snappy, sharp, cool
North American informal spiffy, fly
dated mannerly
archaic trig, gentle


Example sentences
  • He looked at me and smiled debonairly, opening his door.


Middle English (in the sense 'meek or courteous'): from Old French debonaire, from de bon aire 'of good disposition'.

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