savoir vivre


[sav-wahr-vee-vruh, -veev; French sa-vwar-vee-vruh]
knowledge of the world and the ways or usages of polite society.

1745–55; < French: literally, knowing how to live Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
savoir-vivre (ˈsævwɑːˈviːvrə)
familiarity with the customs of good society; breeding
[French, literally: a knowing how to live]

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