Origin of savoir-faire
Examples from the Web for savoir-faire
Pamela was beautifully bred; she had savoir-faire as well as kindness, and never lost control of herself.Dangerous Ages|Rose Macaulay
Another requisite for the popular girl is savoir-faire; she must know how to do things.
No; he surely hadn't meant admiration for her savoir-faire; yet, for some reason, Missy didn't feel disappointed.Missy|Dana Gatlin
The savoir-faire which would have helped some men to take the rebuke entirely deserted him.The Drunkard|Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
Determined that never again, even to herself, should she call me a boy, I summoned to my aid all the savoir-faire I could command.The Rose of Old St. Louis|Mary Dillon
British Dictionary definitions for savoir-faire
Word Origin for savoir-faire
Word Origin and History for savoir-faire
"instinctive knowledge of the right course of action in any circumstance," 1815, from French, literally "to know (how) to do," from savoir "to know" (from Latin sapere; see sapient) + faire (from Latin facere; see factitious). French also has savoir-vivre "ability in good society; knowledge of customs in the world."