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Thursday, July 05, 2018

Definitions for debonair

  1. courteous, gracious, and having a sophisticated charm: a debonair gentleman.
  2. jaunty; carefree; sprightly.

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Citations for debonair
He was a tall, thin man, with gray hair swept back and a debonair ease of movement that suggested wealth, confidence, and success. Jacqueline Winspear, Pardonable Lies, 2005
What could be simpler than to toddle down one flight of stairs and in an easy and debonair manner ask the chappie's permission to use his telephone? P. G. Wodehouse, Indiscretions of Archie, 1921
Origin of debonair
The adjective debonair, from Old French debonaire, originated in Old French as the phrase de bon aire “of good lineage.” The aire of that phrase comes from the Latin noun ager “field,” which presumably meant “nest” in Vulgar Latin. Debonair entered English in the 13th century.