Definition of faux pas
faux pasplay \ˈfō-ˌpä(z), fō-ˈpä(z)\
: blunder <Long, hot soaks in winter are a classic faux pas, since exposure to extreme heat after having been in the cold can cause small visible blood vessels to appear at the skin's surface. — Elle>; especially : a social blunder < … when I sauntered into the main dining room for my first breakfast, I realized I was the only person showing his legs. Careless faux pas, or was I being overly sensitive to the local culture? — David Swanson> <Campaigning last year seemed to convince her that she can venture out alone without making costly faux pas. — Time Magazine> <It was not until I'd covered about fifty kilometers that I committed my most terrible social faux pas yet: I overtook another cyclist. — Polly Evans>
Examples of faux pas in a sentence
Arriving too early would be a serious faux pas.
<according to an oft-told story, the queen set a guest at ease about a faux pas by politely imitating it>
Origin and Etymology of faux pas
French, literally, false step
First Known Use: 1676
FAUX PAS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of faux pas for English Language Learners
: an embarrassing social mistake
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