fla·​neur | \ flä-ˈnər How to pronounce flaneur (audio) \
variants: or less commonly flâneur

Definition of flaneur

: an idle man-about-town

Examples of flaneur in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Benfey strolls through Kipling’s American years with the sensibility of a flaneur, pausing here over particular points of interest, turning back there for another look. Maya Jasanoff, The New Republic, "Rudyard Kipling, American Imperialist," 22 Aug. 2019 At the end of the nineteenth century, the aviator was the flaneur of the firmament, and a trip in a hot-air balloon was seen to be just as health-giving as a hotel in the mountains. María Gainza, Harper's magazine, "Both Sides Now," 10 May 2019 But his flaneur’s approach to life and style is best embodied on the back of his favorite vest. Matt Goulet, Esquire, "A Century of Style," 18 Sep. 2017 On weekdays, trains occasionally adopt the freewheeling mien of the flaneur. Henry Grabar, Slate Magazine, "The Subway That Warps Space and Time," 23 May 2017 Follow author, designer, and flaneur Charlotte Moss on Instagram @charmossny. Charlotte Moss, House Beautiful, "3 Playlists That Energize a Room's Decor," 17 Nov. 2015 Mixed Company The team behind Hollywood gastropub The Village Idiot and the reboot of the Black Cat, a Silver Lake institution, have just opened an all-day spot with a patio to serve the east side flaneurs. Hugh Garvey, CNT, "The Best New Restaurant Neighborhood in L.A.," 26 July 2017 With its pretty rowhouses, green alleyways, and truly incredible food, Montreal is a particularly romantic destination in summer, when winter coats are in storage and the terrasses are teeming with flaneurs. Gabriella Gershenson, GQ, "The Most Romantic French Vacation Doesn't Require a Transatlantic Flight," 13 July 2017 But this week, writer Marisa Meltzer coughed up just over 600 words to reflect on the ancillary character Charlie and the sartorial side of his transformation from needy flaneur to mighty tech impresario. Max Berlinger, Esquire, "That Time the Times Obsessed Over the Wardrobe of a Minor Character from Girls," 15 Mar. 2013

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First Known Use of flaneur

1854, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for flaneur

French flâneur

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“Flaneur.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flaneur. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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