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debonair

[ deb-uh-nair ]
/ ˌdɛb əˈnɛər /
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adjective
courteous, gracious, and having a sophisticated charm: a debonair gentleman.
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Also deb·o·naire, deb·on·naire .

Origin of debonair

First recorded in 1175–1225; Middle English debone(i)re, from Anglo-French; Old French debonaire; the original phrase was de bon aire “of good lineage”

OTHER WORDS FROM debonair

deb·o·nair·ly, adverbdeb·o·nair·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for debonair

debonair

debonnaire

/ (ˌdɛbəˈnɛə) /

adjective (esp of a man or his manner)
suave and refined
carefree; light-hearted
courteous and cheerful; affable

Derived forms of debonair

debonairly, adverbdebonairness, noun

Word Origin for debonair

C13: from Old French debonaire, from de bon aire having a good disposition
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