faux pas

\ ˈfō-ˌpä How to pronounce faux pas (audio) , fō-ˈpä \
plural faux pas\ ˈfō-​ˌpä(z) How to pronounce faux pas (audio) , fō-​ˈpä(z) \

Definition of faux pas

: a significant or embarrassing error or mistake : 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 socially awkward or improper act or remark Audiences must be supportive and enthusiastic—lots of clapping, no heckling. (And talking on cellphones during the performance is a huge faux pas). — Claudine Ise … 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
Recent Examples on the Web The fashion faux pas of wearing socks with sandals is also outright banned at Wet Republic and Elia. Bailey Schulz, USA TODAY, 15 Apr. 2022 But the five-year-old exchange, which was founded in 2017 by Zhao Changpeng, now one of the wealthiest men in the world, isn’t the only Asian company in recent years to commit a faux pas on swastikas. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, 21 Apr. 2022 In the full, technical, report on this shocking Samsung security faux pas, the researchers say that devices running any version of Android between 9 and 12 were impacted. Davey Winder, Forbes, 9 Apr. 2022 Like countless college students before them, everyone from Rihanna to Kendall Jenner has embraced the former faux pas in recent years. Jake Smith, Glamour, 23 Mar. 2022 Miller’s apparent faux pas briefly brought tittering over a practical solution back into vogue. Washington Post, 10 Mar. 2022 Both faux pas will end up with angry anglers being crowded out of a prime fishing spot. D'arcy Egan, cleveland, 13 Jan. 2022 Perhaps realizing her faux pas, Shanae sautés up some more shrimp in the leftover garlic butter. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, 25 Jan. 2022 The teams that Oliver has, to watch out for cultural faux pas, are presumably non-White. Anna Sulan Masing, CNN, 26 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of faux pas

1676, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for faux pas

French, literally, false step

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“Faux pas.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/faux%20pas. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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