Yet what a change they make in the beautiful, debonnaire countenance!
Her pretty face, usually so bright and debonnaire, is pale and sad.
Yet here she was, debonnaire and fresh and perfectly appointed—and ah, so terribly neat and spectacularly finessed!
If only for his debonnaire indifference, they knew him for a “bad man” such as none of them might ever hope to be.
Handsome, dashing, debonnaire, he approaches a field of battle as a light-hearted schoolboy approaches a football field.
But the aspects of the wearers of warlike accoutrements are debonnaire and smiling, as of revellers on a holiday of peace.
He seemed to be riding through life for a fall, and rode with his chin up, gay and debonnaire.
He must always have been older than the gay, handsome, debonnaire father, who had been so dear to her.
General debonnaire believed that a campaign was imminent, and prepared for it.
Ferdinand the debonnaire, the well-loved, the generator of heirs.
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).