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or soignée

[swahn-yey; French swa-nyey] /swɑnˈyeɪ; French swaˈnyeɪ/
carefully or elegantly done, operated, or designed.
Origin of soigné
1915-20; < French, past participle of soigner to take care of < Germanic (compare Old Saxon sunnea care, concern) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • At that time the Forest of soigne sheltered no less than eleven monastic houses in its fragrant, shadowy depths.

  • Behind the forest of soigne where he now was, the fields and roads were full of running men and galloping horses.

    The Bronze Eagle

    Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
  • Inexperienced as a parent, Gissing was probably too proud: he wanted the children always to look clean and soigne.

    Where the Blue Begins Christopher Morley
British Dictionary definitions for soigne


/ˈswɑːnjeɪ; French swaɲe/
well-groomed; elegant
Word Origin
French, from soigner to take good care of, of Germanic origin; compare Old Saxon sunnea care
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Word Origin and History for soigne

"prepared with great attention to detail," 1821, from French soigné (fem. soignée), from past participle of soigner "to take care of," from soin "care," which is of unknown origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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