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debonair

[ deb-uh-nair ]

adjective

  1. courteous, gracious, and having a sophisticated charm:

    a debonair gentleman.

    Synonyms: polished, elegant, suave, urbane



debonair

/ ˌdɛbəˈnɛə /

adjective

  1. suave and refined
  2. carefree; light-hearted
  3. courteous and cheerful; affable


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Derived Forms

  • ˌdeboˈnairly, adverb
  • ˌdeboˈnairness, noun
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Other Words From

  • debo·nairly adverb
  • debo·nairness noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of debonair1

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”
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Word History and Origins

Origin of debonair1

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

Their debonair, celebratory approach to the genre was tailor-made for mass consumption, allowing them to churn out hit after hit.

From Time

For seven years now, Jon Hamm's debonair ad exec has been the existential question mark at the center of the series.

Vaunted Mad Men star Jon Hamm is the debonair catalyst for “Emotions With Jon Hamm” and “Sad Don Draper.”

Neal is the charming and debonair criminal I created for the show, played brilliantly by Matt Bomer.

Being a loudmouth, camera-loving, wise-cracking New York Jew who made Chuck Schumer appear debonair was a good start.

Cary Grant at home was more or less the same man the public saw in movies: debonair, decent, and funny.

His gay debonair manner and his ready apology for his own blunder pleased Mrs. Calvert.

He usually wore his pale-grey felt hat at a slight angle, and had the air of the easy-going adventurer, debonair and unscrupulous.

Stella always remained cool and exasperatingly debonair under his rebukes, whereas he felt himself growing hot and awkward.

The Westerner, answering the questions of his cousin, was at his debonair best.

The debonair lightness of the question could not rob it of its significance.

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