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debonair

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adjective deb·o·nair \ˌde-bə-ˈner\

Simple Definition of debonair

  • of a man : dressing and acting in an appealing and sophisticated way : fashionable, attractive, and confident

Full Definition of debonair

  1. 1 archaic :  gentle, courteous

  2. 2 a :  suave, urbane <a debonair performer> b :  lighthearted, nonchalant

deb·o·nair·ly adverb
deb·o·nair·ness noun

Examples of debonair

  1. Their history, past and recent, may be scribbled with viciousness and deprivation, but the debonair politeness, the good humor, of the Irish I met, who are still among the poorest people in the West, gave me to believe that calamity breeds character. —G. Y. Dryansky, Condé Nast Traveler, November 1994

  2. Cary Grant is the center of the action and, at this pivotal point in his career, he is suspended between the heroic and the debonair. —Andrew Sarris, Video Review, September 1990

  3. Wyndham Lewis arrived for a stay in Paris and he was a different man from the Lewis of London. He was free and easy and debonair. —Robert McAlmon et al., Being Geniuses Together, (1938) 1968

  4. a debonair man in a suit and top hat

  5. <his debonair dismissal of my inquiry concerning his financial situation led me to believe that nothing was wrong>



Origin of debonair

Middle English debonere, from Anglo-French deboneire, from de bon aire of good family or nature


First Known Use: 13th century



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