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

    Essays, Second Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • But I have not got no breeches, no boot-jacks—no notin, comme il faut.

    Ask Momma R. S. Surtees
  • It is not comme il faut: you can not pass in: Monsieur must retire.

  • This was his way of showing how comme il faut he was, and how superior to the majority of men.

    Resurrection Leo Tolstoy
  • comme il faut, is the Frenchman's description of good society, as we must be.

    Essays Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • According to her, it was not comme il faut to board or live in a rented house.

    Balcony Stories Grace E. King
  • I sit there beside her with nothing to do, not even a stocking to mend; she doesn't think that comme il faut.

    The Tragic Muse

    Henry James
  • "I'm afraid there's not enough perception of the comme il faut in him to suit the every-day world," muttered he.

  • 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
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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