faux pas


faux pas

noun \ˈfō-ˌpä, fō-ˈ\

: an embarrassing social mistake

plural faux pas \-ˌpä(z), -ˈpä(z)\

Full Definition of FAUX PAS

:  blunder; especially :  a social blunder

Examples of FAUX PAS

  1. Arriving too early would be a serious faux pas.
  2. <according to an oft-told story, the queen set a guest at ease about a faux pas by politely imitating it>

Origin of FAUX PAS

French, literally, false step
First Known Use: 1676

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