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 debonnaire
Yet what a change they make in the beautiful, debonnaire countenance!Molly Bawn
Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
Ferdinand the debonnaire, the well-loved, the generator of heirs.The Mystery of the Lost Dauphin
Emilia Pardo Bazn
Her pretty face, usually so bright and debonnaire, is pale and sad.Mrs. Geoffrey
General Debonnaire believed that a campaign was imminent, and prepared for it.Penguin Island
He seemed to be riding through life for a fall, and rode with his chin up, gay and debonnaire.The Isle of Unrest
Henry Seton Merriman
- suave and refined
- carefree; light-hearted
- courteous and cheerful; affable
Word Origin and History for debonnaire
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).