savoir-faire

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n savoir-faire social skill
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n savoir-faire The faculty of knowing just what to do and how to do it; skilful management; tact; address.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Savoir-faire sav-wor-fār′ the faculty of knowing just what to do and how to do it: tact.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.

Usage

In literature:

So she got it, and I recovered my SAVOIR FAIR, and stopped shaking.
"Bab: A Sub-Deb" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
A boy of nearly nineteen ought to have at least the beginnings of SAVOIR FAIRE.
"The Research Magnificent" by H. G. Wells
Rudeness is savoir faire Boisterousness is their vulgate for youthful high spirits.
"Gala-days" by Gail Hamilton
In later years his savoir faire enabled him to laugh at faith, but it stayed quietly with him all the same.
"Villa Rubein and Other Stories" by John Galsworthy
Rhett, though doubtless bitterly disappointed, bore himself with the savoir faire of a great gentleman.
"The Day of the Confederacy" by Nathaniel W. Stephenson
Had he noticed her lack of savoir-faire?
"Missy" by Dana Gatlin
I expected no less of your savoir-faire.
"The Wonders of Instinct" by J. H. Fabre
No man of ordinary breeding or SAVOIR-FAIRE would have gone off like that!
"Lady Bridget in the Never-Never Land" by Rosa Praed
Only one does not look for much savoir-faire from a resident Fellow.
"North and South" by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
And also, plus de volonte que de savoir-faire.
"Frederick Chopin as a Man and Musician" by Frederick Niecks
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In poetry:

With the "aplomb" and "savoir faire"
Peculiar to Eastern races,
He took the secret then and there
(What, is not lawful to declare),
And thrust it rudely in their faces.
"The Disciples" by Aleister Crowley
I do some mild developing. The sort of place I need
Is a quiet country market town that's rather run to seed
A luncheon and a drink or two, a little savoir faire -
I fix the Planning Officer, the Town Clerk and the Mayor.
"Executive" by Sir John Betjeman

In news:

Stephen Colbert, like savoir faire, is everywhere.
HELOISE & THE SAVOIR FAIRE.
The new Heloise & The Savoir Faire music video was shot entirely on a cell phone.
Robert Parker's Paris: The Savoir-Faire Of Eating And Drinking.
The Savoir-Faire Of Eating And Drinking In Paris.
HELOISE & THE SAVOIR FAIRE.
Heloise & The Savoir Faire.
Heloise & the Savoir Faire.
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In science:

But after all, it is part of the physicist’s savoir-faire to play with these blurred boundaries.
Global fluctuations in physical systems: a subtle interplay between sum and extreme value statistics
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