je ne sais quoi

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English

Etymology

Borrowing from French je ne sais quoi, literally ‘I don't know what’.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˌʒə nə sɛ ˈkwɑː/

Noun

je ne sais quoi (uncountable)

  1. An intangible quality that makes something distinctive or attractive.
    She has a certain je ne sais quoi about her.

Translations


French

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ʒən.sɛˈkwa/, /ʒənəsɛˈkwa/

Noun

je ne sais quoi m

  1. a certain something, je ne sais quoi