debonair

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Etymology[edit]

Old French debonaire, from the phrase de bon aire "of good stock, noble".

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Adjective[edit]

debonair (comparative more debonair, superlative most debonair)

  1. (obsolete) Gracious, courteous.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.vi:
      Let be that Ladie debonaire, / Thou recreant knight, and soone thy selfe prepaire / To battell [...].
  2. Suave, urbane and sophisticated.
  3. (especially of men) Charming, confident, and carefully dressed.

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Noun[edit]

debonair

  1. (obsolete) Debonaire behaviour; graciousness.
    • 1748, Samuel Richardson, Clarissa, Letter 31:
      But yet, shall my vanity extend only to personals, such as the gracefulness of dress, my debonnaire, and my assurance—Self-taught, self-acquired, these!

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