savoir-vivre

savoir-vivre

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

Origin:
1745–55; < French: literally, knowing how to live

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savoir-vivre (ˈsævwɑːˈviːvrə)
 
n
familiarity with the customs of good society; breeding
 
[French, literally: a knowing how to live]

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