suave

[ swahv ]
/ swɑv /

adjective, suav·er, suav·est.

(of persons or their manner, speech, etc.) smoothly agreeable or polite; agreeably or blandly urbane.

Nearby words

  1. suas,
  2. suasion,
  3. suasive,
  4. suasively,
  5. suasory,
  6. suaviter in modo, fortiter in re,
  7. suavity,
  8. sub,
  9. sub judice,
  10. sub rosa

Origin of suave

1495–1505; < French < Latin suāvis sweet

Related formssuave·ly, adverbsuave·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for suave

suave

/ (swɑːv) /

adjective

(esp of a man) displaying smoothness and sophistication in manner or attitude; urbane
Derived Formssuavely, adverbsuavity (ˈswɑːvɪtɪ) or suaveness, noun

Word Origin for suave

C16: from Latin suāvis sweet

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Word Origin and History for suave

suave

adj.

early 15c., "gracious, kindly," from Middle French suave, from Latin suavis "agreeable," from PIE root *swad- (see sweet). In reference to persons, sense of "smoothly agreeable" first recorded 1815 (in suavity).

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