je ne sais quoi

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English

Etymology

Borrowing from French je ne sais quoi(je ne sais quoi, a certain something; literally: I don't know what).

Pronunciation

Noun

je ne sais quoi ‎(uncountable)

  1. An intangible quality that makes something distinctive or attractive.
    • 1894, George du Maurier, Trilby[1], page 85:
      "Say, you others, I find that the Englishman has something of truly distinguished in the voice, something of sympathetic, of touching—something of je ne sais quoi!" Bouchardy: "Yes, yes—something of je ne sais quoi! That's the very phrase— [] "
    She has a certain je ne sais quoi about her.

Translations

References

  1. ^ Je ne sais quoi at Dictionary.com

French

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ʒə n(ə) sɛ kwa/

Noun

je ne sais quoi m ‎(plural je ne sais quoi)

  1. a certain something, je ne sais quoi