[ foh -pah ]
/ foʊ ˈpɑ /
noun, plural faux pas [foh -pahz; French foh -pah]. /foʊ ˈpɑz; French foʊ ˈpɑ/.
a slip or blunder in etiquette, manners, or conduct; an embarrassing social blunder or indiscretion.
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Origin of faux pas
1670–80; <French: literally, false step
Words nearby faux pas
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British Dictionary definitions for faux pas
/ (ˌfəʊ ˈpɑː, French fo pɑ) /
noun plural faux pas (ˌfəʊ ˈpɑːz, French fo pɑ)
a social blunder or indiscretion
Word Origin for faux pas
C17: from French: false step
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