savoir faire

noun
sa·voir faire | \ˌsav-ˌwär-ˈfer \

Definition of savoir faire 

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

Keep scrolling for more

Choose the Right Synonym for savoir faire

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

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, "Bastille Days is back Thursday, but the geography's shifted due to streetcar testing," 10 July 2018 Last Sunday, De Libran presented the label’s first haute couture offering, a salute to the atelier’s savoir faire. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Sonia Rykiel’s Julie de Libran and Friends Make “Generous Sweaters,” Give Proceeds to Charity," 5 July 2018 There’s an expression in French called savoir faire — the knowledge of different work — and that’s what my grandmother taught me. Kathleen Hou, The Cut, "How an Ex-Banker Began Growing Flowers for Dior," 30 Oct. 2017 Leave a Note Quaintness isn’t always anathema to style and savoir faire—just ask the Gray family, proprietors of Freeport’s Harraseeket Inn. Condé Nast Traveler, "Harraseeket Inn," 20 Oct. 2017 That intriguing dichotomy—dirt roads and private jets, fishmongers and Diane von Furstenberg—is reflected in Bergamin's decor, a marvel of unstudied chic and cross-cultural savoir faire. Mayer Rus, ELLE Decor, "Global Style Hits the Beach," 8 Apr. 2011

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'savoir faire.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about savoir faire

Share savoir faire

Dictionary Entries near savoir faire

saviorhood

saviorship

Savo

savoir faire

savoir vivre

Savona

Savonarola

Statistics for savoir faire

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for savoir faire

The first known use of savoir faire was in 1788

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for savoir faire

savoir faire

noun

English Language Learners Definition of savoir faire

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

More from Merriam-Webster on savoir faire

See words that rhyme with savoir faire

Comments on savoir faire

What made you want to look up savoir faire? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

one that holds something together

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!