savoir-faire

[ sav-wahr-fair; French sa-vwar-fer ]
/ ˈsæv wɑrˈfɛər; French sa vwarˈfɛr /

noun

knowledge of just what to do in any situation; tact.

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Origin of savoir-faire

1805–15; <French: literally, knowing how to do
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British Dictionary definitions for savoir-faire

savoir-faire
/ (ˈsævwɑːˈfɛə) /

noun

the ability to do the right thing in any situation

Word Origin for savoir-faire

French, literally: a knowing how to do
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Cultural definitions for savoir-faire

savoir faire
[ (sav-wahr fair) ]

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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