savoir vivre

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

Definition of savoir vivre

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

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First Known Use of savoir vivre

1745, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for savoir vivre

French savoir-vivre, literally, knowing how to live

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“Savoir vivre.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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