- knowledge of just what to do in any situation; tact.
Origin of savoir-faire
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Examples from the Web for savoir-faire
Here her energy and savoir-faire rendered her indispensable in every department.Agnes of Sorrento
Harriet Beecher Stowe
In Glasgow, show your savoir-faire; but, in Edinburgh and Aberdeen, your savoir-vivre.Friend Mac Donald
Determined that never again, even to herself, should she call me a boy, I summoned to my aid all the savoir-faire I could command.The Rose of Old St. Louis
A certain cheery impertinence which characterized Charlie was fondly set down as savoir-faire and dash.Tomaso's Fortune and Other Stories
Henry Seton Merriman
The savoir-faire which would have helped some men to take the rebuke entirely deserted him.The Drunkard
Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
- the ability to do the right thing in any situation
Word Origin and History for savoir-faire
"instinctive knowledge of the right course of action in any circumstance," 1815, from French, literally "to know (how) to do," from savoir "to know" (from Latin sapere; see sapient) + faire (from Latin facere; see factitious). French also has savoir-vivre "ability in good society; knowledge of customs in the world."