savoir faire

noun sa·voir faire \ ˌsav-ˌwär-ˈfer \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of savoir faire

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

Examples of savoir faire in a Sentence

  1. I admire her sophistication and savoir faire.

  2. He handled the problem with his usual savoir faire.

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Origin and Etymology of savoir faire

French savoir-faire, literally, knowing how to do

Synonym Discussion of 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

SAVOIR FAIRE Defined for English Language Learners

savoir faire

noun

Definition of savoir faire for English Language Learners

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


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