or deb·o·naire, deb·on·naire
- courteous, gracious, and having a sophisticated charm: a debonair gentleman.
- jaunty; carefree; sprightly.
Origin of debonair
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Examples from the Web for debonaire
Where was the easy, gay and debonaire assurance of this fluent young man?The Dark Star
Robert W. Chambers
"We had your note," from Mr. Cannon, the good-looking and the debonaire, cheerfully.Selina
George Madden Martin
Becker was not the debonaire Lothario he affected to be when in New Orleans.The Yazoo Mystery
But what is lightsome and blithe in her, was debonaire in him.The Little Lady of the Big House
The person who has been ground by poverty is never a debonaire gambler.Comrade Yetta
- suave and refined
- carefree; light-hearted
- courteous and cheerful; affable
Word Origin and History for debonaire
c.1200, "mild, gentle, kind courteous," from Old French debonaire, from de bon' aire "of good race," originally used of hawks, hence, "thoroughbred" (opposite of French demalaire). Used in Middle English to mean "docile, courteous," it became obsolete and was revived with an altered sense of "pleasant, affable" (1680s).