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debonair

[deb-uh-nair] /ˌdɛb əˈnɛər/
adjective
1.
courteous, gracious, and having a sophisticated charm:
a debonair gentleman.
2.
jaunty; carefree; sprightly.
Also, debonaire, debonnaire.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English debone(i)re < Anglo-French; Old French debonaire, orig. phrase de bon aire of good lineage
Related forms
debonairly, adverb
debonairness, noun
Synonyms
1. urbane, suave, elegant, polished.
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British Dictionary definitions for debonaire

debonair

/ˌdɛbəˈnɛə/
adjective (esp of a man or his manner)
1.
suave and refined
2.
carefree; light-hearted
3.
courteous and cheerful; affable
Derived Forms
debonairly, adverb
debonairness, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French debonaire, from de bon aire having a good disposition
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Word Origin and History for debonaire

debonair

adj.

c.1200, "mild, gentle, kind courteous," from Old French debonaire, from de bon' aire "of good race," originally used of hawks, hence, "thoroughbred" (opposite of French demalaire). Used in Middle English to mean "docile, courteous," it became obsolete and was revived with an altered sense of "pleasant, affable" (1680s).

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