savoir vivre

noun savoir vi·vre \-¦vēvr(ə), -v(rə)\

Definition of savoir vivre

  1. :  ability to live elegantly :  observance of the usages of fashionable society

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Origin and Etymology of savoir vivre

French savoir-vivre, literally, knowing how to live

First Known Use: 1745

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