soigné

adjective
soi·​gné | \swän-ˈyā \
variants: or soignée

Definition of soigné 

2 : elegantly maintained or designed a soigné restaurant a soigné black dress

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Not surprisingly, soigné comes from French, where it serves as the past participle of the verb soigner, meaning "to take care of." It first appeared in English in the 19th century and can be used to describe such things as an elegant wardrobe, a fancy restaurant, or the extravagant meal one might enjoy at such a restaurant. It can also be used to describe people, as in an article about fashion designer Donna Karan: "Though her name is really pronounced 'Karen,' people said it with a glamorous continental inflection; it suited their image of a fashion designer: aloof, soigné, different from you and me." (Josh Patner, The New York Times, April 11, 2004)

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Fred, one half of the soigne couple from a few episodes back, is making a scene at the bar, yelling at Jake and demanding to see Simone. refinery29.com, "Sweetbitter Episode 6: Careful What You Wish For," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of soigné

1821, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for soigné

French, from past participle of soigner to take care of

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The first known use of soigné was in 1821

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