- The ability to act or speak appropriately in social situations: this is a gracious occasion, so try to behave with a bit of savoir faireMore example sentences
social skill, social grace(s), urbanity, urbaneness, suaveness, suavity, finesse, sophistication, poise, aplomb, grace, adroitness, accomplishment, polish, style, smoothness, tact, tactfulness, diplomacy, soft skills, discretion, delicacy, sensitivity; assurance, confidence, knowledge, know-how; French savoir vivre• informal savvy
- They didn't have the presence or savoir faire that Mr Carlyle brought to the part.
- To give it a touch of savoir faire, his logo was an elegant-looking man in a top hat.
- The trusty actor does much to make Alceste bearable with precise diction, polished movements, and general savoir faire.
early 19th century: French, literally 'know how to do'.