or soi·gnée

[ swahn-yey; French swa-nyey ]
/ swɑnˈyeɪ; French swaˈnyeɪ /


carefully or elegantly done, operated, or designed.

Origin of soigné

1915–20; < French, past participle of soigner to take care of < Germanic (compare Old Saxon sunnea care, concern) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for soigne

  • Behind the forest of Soigne where he now was, the fields and roads were full of running men and galloping horses.

    The Bronze Eagle|Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
  • At that time the Forest of Soigne sheltered no less than eleven monastic houses in its fragrant, shadowy depths.

  • Inexperienced as a parent, Gissing was probably too proud: he wanted the children always to look clean and soigne.

    Where the Blue Begins|Christopher Morley

British Dictionary definitions for soigne


feminine soigne

/ (ˈswɑːnjeɪ, French swaɲe) /


well-groomed; elegant

Word Origin for soigné

French, from soigner to take good care of, of Germanic origin; compare Old Saxon sunnea care
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Word Origin and History for soigne



"prepared with great attention to detail," 1821, from French soigné (fem. soignée), from past participle of soigner "to take care of," from soin "care," which is of unknown origin.

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