noun, plural fai·né·ants [fey-nee-uhnts; French fe-ney-ahn]. /ˈfeɪ ni ənts; French fɛ neɪˈɑ̃/.
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Origin of fainéant
OTHER WORDS FROM fainéantfai·ne·ance [fey-nee-uhns], /ˈfeɪ ni əns/, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for fainéant
While a roi faineant may fulfil effectively all the essential duties of sovereignty, an autocrate faineant is an absurdity.Russia|Donald Mackenzie Wallace
Yours is the faineant spirit of the decadent, masquerading in the garb of a sham primitivism.A Lost Leader|E. Phillips Oppenheim
I take it as a kingdom, and I cannot be roi faineant, with a steward for maire du palais.Kenelm Chillingly, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
They were the Mayors of that Palace; he only le roi faineant.Lucretia, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
I'd rather marry the roughest viking that ever sailed the seas than the most accomplished faineant.The Wolf's Long Howl|Stanley Waterloo