comme il faut

\ ˌkə-mē(l)-ˈfō How to pronounce comme il faut (audio) \

Definition of comme il faut

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: conforming to accepted standards : proper

comme ci, comme ça

French phrase
\ kȯm-sē kȯm-sä How to pronounce comme ci, comme ça (audio) \

Definition of comme ci, comme ça (Entry 2 of 2)

: so-so

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Among the upper crust, such a thing would not have been comme il faut. Moira Hodgson, WSJ, "‘Proust’s Duchess’ Review: The Guermantes Trio," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of comme il faut


1756, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for comme il faut


French, literally, as it should be

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