adjective \ˌde-bə-ˈner\

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

Full Definition of DEBONAIR

archaic :  gentle, courteous
a :  suave, urbane <a debonair performer>
b :  lighthearted, nonchalant
deb·o·nair·ly adverb
deb·o·nair·ness noun

Examples of DEBONAIR

  1. a debonair man in a suit and top hat
  2. <his debonair dismissal of my inquiry concerning his financial situation led me to believe that nothing was wrong>
  3. 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

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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