savoir-vivre

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French savoir-vivre.

Noun[edit]

savoir-vivre (uncountable)

  1. Familiarity with the customs of polite society.
    • 2018 June 28, Phil Daoust, “Never mind the Brexiteurs: why it’s time to learn French”, in The Guardian[1]:
      Like it or not, we are more invested in France, which has come to epitomise culture, good taste, style and savoir-vivre – even though that reverence is the product of ignorance as much as familiarity.

French[edit]

Noun[edit]

savoir-vivre m (uncountable)

  1. politesse, courtesy
    Il manque de savoir-vivre.
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