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savoir faire Syllabification: sav·oir faire
Pronunciation: /ˌsavwär ˈfer/

Definition of savoir faire in English:

noun

The ability to act or speak appropriately in social situations.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
social skill, social grace(s), urbanity, suavity, finesse, sophistication, poise, aplomb, adroitness, polish, style, smoothness, tact, tactfulness, diplomacy, discretion, delicacy, sensitivity
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Origin

Early 19th century: French, literally 'know how to do'.

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