Wrayson, although no one could accuse him of a lack of savoir faire, found himself scarcely at his ease.
It was, if I may say so, a savoir faire of the heart instead of the head.
It was in sooth, a predicament to strain the savoir faire of the most polished courtier.
At any rate, I admired the sergeant's tact and savoir faire.
The repast to which we sat down gave me a very exalted opinion of the savoir faire of my friend's chef.
I could not help noting the reserve and savoir faire with which my host took all this.
The young Hebrews are frequently intelligent, well-bred, and witty, with a savoir faire which their Christian brethren lack.
They conducted themselves with the poise and savoir faire of grown women.
I admire this story for the savoir faire, the nonchalance, the Vivian Greyism of Indian life.
She inherited not a little of her father's eccentricity, untempered by her father's savoir faire.
"instinctive knowledge of the right course of action in any circumstance," 1815, from French, literally "to know (how) to do," from savoir "to know" (from Latin sapere; see sapient) + faire (from Latin facere; see factitious). French also has savoir-vivre "ability in good society; knowledge of customs in the world."
Ease and dexterity in social and practical affairs: “Peter is a friendly person, but he lacks the savoir faire required for a successful career in the foreign service.” From French, meaning “to know how to act.”