savoir faire

noun
sa·​voir faire | \ ˌsav-ˌwär-ˈfer How to pronounce savoir faire (audio) \

Definition of savoir faire

: capacity for appropriate action especially : a polished sureness in social behavior

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tact, address, poise, savoir faire mean skill and grace in dealing with others. tact implies delicate and considerate perception of what is appropriate. questions showing a lack of tact address stresses dexterity and grace in dealing with new and trying situations and may imply success in attaining one's ends. brought it off with remarkable address poise may imply both tact and address but stresses self-possession and ease in meeting difficult situations. answered the accusations with unruffled poise savoir faire is likely to stress worldly experience and a sure awareness of what is proper or expedient. the savoir faire of a seasoned traveler

Examples of savoir faire in a Sentence

I admire her sophistication and savoir faire. He handled the problem with his usual savoir faire.
Recent Examples on the Web Selections went from fine French bottlings to show American savoir faire toward U.S. labels as domestic wines improved in quality and stature. Washington Post, "Crack open the best 2020 wine books for rich history, international politics and a vintner’s lively memoir," 11 Dec. 2020 In his movies Cary Grant was the embodiment of suavity, the master of savoir faire, elegant, witty, in every way winning. Joseph Epstein, WSJ, "‘Cary Grant: A Brilliant Disguise’ Review: The Enigma of Charisma," 16 Oct. 2020 And then, in 1959, one that merged that expertise with its savoir faire in high jewelry. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "Stellene’s Most Wanted: Piaget," 6 Dec. 2019 The annual Waiters-Waitresses Race at 3 p.m. Sunday will feature servers competing in a test of speed and savoir faire. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The bands, the run, the Hop stop and everything else you need to know for Bastille Days in Milwaukee," 8 July 2019 The annual Waiters-Waitresses Race at 3 p.m. Sunday will feature servers competing in a test of speed and savoir faire. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The bands, the run, the Hop stop and everything else you need to know for Bastille Days in Milwaukee," 8 July 2019 The annual Waiters-Waitresses Race at 3 p.m. Sunday will feature servers competing in a test of speed and savoir faire. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The bands, the run, the Hop stop and everything else you need to know for Bastille Days in Milwaukee," 8 July 2019 The annual Waiters-Waitresses Race at 3 p.m. Sunday will feature servers competing in a test of speed and savoir faire. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The bands, the run, the Hop stop and everything else you need to know for Bastille Days in Milwaukee," 8 July 2019 The annual Waiters-Waitresses Race at 3 p.m. Sunday will feature servers competing in a test of speed and savoir faire. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The bands, the run, the Hop stop and everything else you need to know for Bastille Days in Milwaukee," 8 July 2019

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First Known Use of savoir faire

1788, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for savoir faire

French savoir-faire, literally, knowing how to do

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The first known use of savoir faire was in 1788

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“Savoir faire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/savoir%20faire. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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savoir faire

noun

English Language Learners Definition of savoir faire

formal : the ability to behave in a correct and confident way in different situations

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