Word of the DaySaturday, November 13, 2010
\deb-uh-NAIR\ , adjective;
Courteous, gracious, and having a sophisticated charm.
Jaunty; carefree; sprightly.
She laughed at the contradictions and said out loud to herself as if she were still talking to the debonair Mr. Raymond Minor, "I've never thought of leaving the South, never."
-- Ntozake Shange, Ifa Bayeza, Some Sing, Some Cry: A Novel
His public image is dashing and debonair, the natural pop star with a beautiful woman on his arm.
-- Neil McCormick, "Bryan Ferry: a shrinking violet not a lounge lizard," Telegraph.co.uk, October, 2010
Debonair is an alteration of the French phrase de bon aire, "of good lineage."
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