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savoir faire

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noun sa·voir faire \ˌsav-ˌwär-ˈfer\

Simple Definition of savoir faire

  • : the ability to behave in a correct and confident way in different situations

Full Definition of savoir faire

  1. :  capacity for appropriate action; especially :  a polished sureness in social behavior

Examples of savoir faire

  1. I admire her sophistication and savoir faire.

  2. He handled the problem with his usual savoir faire.



Origin of savoir faire

French savoir-faire, literally, knowing how to do


First Known Use: 1815

Synonym Discussion of savoir faire

tact, address, poise, savoir faire mean skill and grace in dealing with others. tact implies delicate and considerate perception of what is appropriate <questions showing a lack of tact>. address stresses dexterity and grace in dealing with new and trying situations and may imply success in attaining one's ends <brought it off with remarkable address>. poise may imply both tact and address but stresses self-possession and ease in meeting difficult situations <answered the accusations with unruffled poise>. savoir faire is likely to stress worldly experience and a sure awareness of what is proper or expedient <the savoir faire of a seasoned traveler>.

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