debonair

[deb-uh-nair]
adjective
1.
courteous, gracious, and having a sophisticated charm: a debonair gentleman.
2.
jaunty; carefree; sprightly.
Also, debonaire, debonnaire.


Origin:
1175–1225; Middle English debone(i)re < Anglo-French; Old French debonaire, orig. phrase de bon aire of good lineage

debonairly, adverb
debonairness, noun


1. urbane, suave, elegant, polished.
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debonair or debonnaire (ˌdɛbəˈnɛə)
 
adj
1.  suave and refined
2.  carefree; light-hearted
3.  courteous and cheerful; affable
 
[C13: from Old French debonaire, from de bon aire having a good disposition]
 
debonnaire or debonnaire
 
adj
 
[C13: from Old French debonaire, from de bon aire having a good disposition]
 
debo'nairly or debonnaire
 
adv
 
debo'nairness or debonnaire
 
n

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debonair
early 13c., from O.Fr., from de bon' aire "of good race," originally used of hawks, hence, "thoroughbred" (opposite of Fr. demalaire). Used in M.E. to mean "docile, courteous," it became obsolete and was revived with an altered sense of "pleasant, affable" (1680s).
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Example sentences
You assume the role of a villain instead of the debonair agent 007.
Jack is looking debonair in a bow tie and velvet smoking jacket.
Only the most far-gone misanthrope could help liking him — his debonair
  good humor, open-faced charm.
The smile he then flashed was debonair, knowing and a little mischievous.
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