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faux pas

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noun \ˈfō-ˌpä, fō-ˈ\

Simple Definition of faux pas

  • : an embarrassing social mistake

Full Definition of faux pas

plural faux pas play \-ˌpä(z), -ˈpä(z)\

  1. :  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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