comme il faut

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

Definition of comme il faut

: conforming to accepted standards : proper

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Recent Examples on the Web 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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“Comme il faut.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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