savoir faire

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 Suddenly, the singular know-how and savoir faire of the Prada Group is merely a phone call away. Jeremy Lewis, Vogue, 7 Apr. 2022 With this extraordinary plane, Air France accumulated an unbelievable savoir faire. Cécilia Pelloux, Forbes, 13 Oct. 2021 Both manufactures have plenty to work with in terms of innovations, history and savoir faire, but have failed to gain the kind of traction that Kering’s ultra-successful revamps of Balenciaga and Gucci have seen. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 24 Jan. 2022 The products blend ancestral savoir faire with modern improvements in beautiful packaging that looks plucked from its original era. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 28 Dec. 2021 The development of this savoir faire is what made France a nation of cheese eaters in the first place. Joshua Levine, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Nov. 2021 At the end, Château Rauzan-Ségla wines express the perfect blend between heritage and savoir faire. Cécilia Pelloux, Forbes, 25 Oct. 2021 These experiences are linked by the extraordinary savoir faire of the mythical fashion house. Cécilia Pelloux, Forbes, 25 Oct. 2021 The repartee, the cars, the guns and the exotic locales have always been essential to the appeal of a hero like no other, who, in addition to his savoir faire, never gets drunk and never flags in bed. John Mariani, Forbes, 28 Sep. 2021 See More

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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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9 Apr 2022

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“Savoir faire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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