je ne sais quoi


je ne sais quoi

noun \zhə-nə-ˌsā-ˈkwä\

: a pleasant quality that is hard to describe

Full Definition of JE NE SAIS QUOI

:  something that cannot be adequately described or expressed

Examples of JE NE SAIS QUOI

  1. Although the sculpture had flaws, it also had a certain je ne sais quoi that made it very appealing.

Origin of JE NE SAIS QUOI

French, literally, I know not what
First Known Use: circa 1656

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