savoir-vivre

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

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

Nearby words

  1. saviour,
  2. savitskaya,
  3. savoie,
  4. savoir faire,
  5. savoir-faire,
  6. savona,
  7. savonarola,
  8. savonarola chair,
  9. savonarola, girolamo,
  10. savor

Origin of savoir-vivre

1745–55; < French: literally, knowing how to live

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British Dictionary definitions for savoir-vivre

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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