knowledge of just what to do in any situation; tact.
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How to use savoir-faire in a sentence
In later years his savoir faire enabled him to laugh at faith, but it stayed quietly with him all the same.Villa Rubein and Other Stories | John Galsworthy
Eugene had talent and determination, but no experience, no savoir faire, no circle of friends and acquaintances.The "Genius" | Theodore Dreiser
Rhett, though doubtless bitterly disappointed, bore himself with the savoir faire of a great gentleman.The Day of the Confederacy | Nathaniel W. Stephenson
He even wondered a little at Nan's savoir-faire, and felt a vague sense of disappointment mingling with his relief.Name and Fame | Adeline Sergeant
Mr. Whitney, with his savoir faire, was considered one of the best men to send on a quasi political mission.A Little Girl of Long Ago | Amanda Millie Douglas
British Dictionary definitions for savoir-faire
the ability to do the right thing in any situation
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Cultural definitions for savoir faire
Ease and dexterity in social and practical affairs: “Peter is a friendly person, but he lacks the savoir faire required for a successful career in the foreign service.” From French, meaning “to know how to act.”
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