faux pas

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noun \ˈfō-ˌpä, fō-ˈpä\

Definition of faux pas

plural

faux pas

play \ˈfō-ˌpä(z), fō-ˈpä(z)\
  1. :  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

  1. Arriving too early would be a serious faux pas.

  2. 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

faux pas

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noun \ˈfō-ˌpä, fō-ˈpä\

Definition of faux pas for English Language Learners

  • : an embarrassing social mistake



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