savoir-vivre

[ sav-wahr-vee-vruh, -veev; French sa-vwar-vee-vruh ]
/ ˈsæv wɑrˈvi vrə, -ˈviv; French sa vwarˈvi vrə /

noun

knowledge of the world and the ways or usages of polite society.

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Origin of savoir-vivre

1745–55; <French: literally, knowing how to live
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savoir-vivre
/ (ˈsævwɑːˈviːvrə) /

noun

familiarity with the customs of good society; breeding

Word Origin for savoir-vivre

French, literally: a knowing how to live
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