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Saturday, April 20, 2013

soigné

\swahn-YEY; Fr. swa-NYEY\ , adjective;
1.
carefully or elegantly done, operated, or designed.
2.
well-groomed.
Quotes:
I saw...books being borrowed from the library by gentlemen of soigné appearance.
-- W.G. Sebald, Austerlitz, 2001
A moment later the lights dimmed, the orchestra struck up the prelude and the curtain slid smoothly up. Later, during the intermission, Hearn took a cup of hot chocolate and mingled with the soigné crowd.
-- Eric Van Lustbader, The Bourne Legacy, 2010
Origin:
Soigné came to English in the 1800s from the French word soigner meaning "take care of."
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