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flâneur

[ flah-nœr ]
/ flɑˈnœr /
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noun, plural flâ·neurs [flah-nœr]. /flɑˈnœr/. French.

a person who lounges or strolls around in a seemingly aimless way; an idler or loafer: the flâneur, that cool, aloof observer of urban society.

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Origin of flâneur

First recorded in 1850–55; from French: literally, “loafer, idler, man about town,” equivalent to flân-, stem of flâner “to waste time” + -eur; cf. flânerie
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British Dictionary definitions for flâneur

flâneur
/ French (flɑnœr) /

noun

an idler or loafer
C19: see flânerie
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