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comme il faut

[kaw-meel foh; English kuhm eel foh] /kɔ mil ˈfoʊ; English ˌkʌm il ˈfoʊ/
as it should be; proper; fitting; fittingly. Unabridged
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  • Boris' uniform, spurs, tie, and the way his hair was brushed were all comme il faut and in the latest fashion.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • But I have not got no breeches, no boot-jacks—no notin, comme il faut.

    Ask Momma R. S. Surtees
  • comme il faut, is the Frenchman's description of good Society: as we must be.

    Essays, Second Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • It is not comme il faut: you can not pass in: Monsieur must retire.

  • It was comme il faut, and then one walked in the Park afterwards for church parade, and met all one's friends.

    The Angel Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • According to her, it was not comme il faut to board or live in a rented house.

    Balcony Stories Grace E. King
  • In some ways she might almost have been a French girl, so exceedingly neat and comme il faut was her little person.

    The School Queens L. T. Meade
  • "I'm afraid there's not enough perception of the comme il faut in him to suit the every-day world," muttered he.

  • But how strange that even a distant relative of one so comme il faut should be of a sort to do this!

    Margarita's Soul Ingraham Lovell
British Dictionary definitions for comme il faut

comme il faut

/kɔm il fo/
correct or correctly
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for comme il faut

1756, French, literally "as it should be;" from comme "as, like, how," from Old French com, from Vulgar Latin quomo, from Latin quomodo "how? in what way?," pronomial adverb of manner, related to quam "how much?," qui "who" (see who).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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