or deb·o·naire, deb·on·naire

[ deb-uh-nair ]
/ ˌdɛb əˈnɛər /


courteous, gracious, and having a sophisticated charm: a debonair gentleman.
jaunty; carefree; sprightly.

Origin of debonair

1175–1225; Middle English debone(i)re < Anglo-French; Old French debonaire, orig. phrase de bon aire of good lineage

Related forms

deb·o·nair·ly, adverbdeb·o·nair·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for debonair



/ (ˌdɛbəˈnɛə) /

adjective (esp of a man or his manner)

suave and refined
carefree; light-hearted
courteous and cheerful; affable

Derived Forms

debonairly, adverbdebonairness, noun

Word Origin for debonair

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