je ne sais quoi

noun \ zhə-nə-ˌsā-ˈkwä \
Updated on: 8 Dec 2017

Definition of je ne sais quoi

: something (such as an appealing quality) that cannot be adequately described or expressed
  • a young actress who has a certain je ne sais quoi

Examples of je ne sais quoi in a Sentence

  1. Although the sculpture had flaws, it also had a certain je ne sais quoi that made it very appealing.

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Origin and Etymology of je ne sais quoi

French, literally, I know not what


JE NE SAIS QUOI Defined for English Language Learners

je ne sais quoi

noun

Definition of je ne sais quoi for English Language Learners

  • : a pleasant quality that is hard to describe



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