: conforming to accepted standards : proper

Examples of comme il faut in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There is nothing scary, amiss, or unrelatable about me, who am comme il faut. Laura Kolbe, The New Yorker, 30 Jan. 2023 Among the upper crust, such a thing would not have been comme il faut. Moira Hodgson, WSJ, 5 July 2018

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Word History


French, literally, as it should be

First Known Use

1756, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of comme il faut was in 1756

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“Comme il faut.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/comme%20il%20faut. Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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