Synonyms for savoir faire

Grammar : Noun
Spell : sav-wahr-fair; French sa-vwar-fer
Phonetic Transcription : ˈsæv wɑrˈfɛər; French sa vwarˈfɛr

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Définition of savoir faire

Origin :
  • "instinctive knowledge of the right course of action in any circumstance," 1815, from French, literally "to know (how) to do," from savoir "to know" (from Latin sapere; see sapient) + faire (from Latin facere; see factitious). French also has savoir-vivre "ability in good society; knowledge of customs in the world."
  • noun tact
Example sentences :
  • It was, if I may say so, a savoir faire of the heart instead of the head.
  • Extract from : « Friendship Village » by Zona Gale
  • I have been too astonished lately to hold on to my savoir faire.
  • Extract from : « Clair de Lune » by Michael Strange
  • Her interest doubtless robbed him of any savoir faire he might possess.
  • Extract from : « The Bright Messenger » by Algernon Blackwood
  • Her brightness, and verve, and savoir faire will be a perfect revelation.
  • Extract from : « The Gateless Barrier » by Lucas Malet
  • She lost her savoir faire at sight of Severance, and could not speak.
  • Extract from : « Vision House » by C. N. Williamson
  • At any rate, I admired the sergeant's tact and savoir faire.
  • Extract from : « The Great War As I Saw It » by Frederick George Scott
  • I could not help noting the reserve and savoir faire with which my host took all this.
  • Extract from : « Twelve Men » by Theodore Dreiser
  • They conducted themselves with the poise and savoir faire of grown women.
  • Extract from : « The Killer » by Stewart Edward White
  • Applaud my savoir faire—you will, at all events, in the end.
  • Extract from : « Continental Monthly, Vol. 5, Issue 2, February, 1864 » by Various
  • I admire this story for the savoir faire, the nonchalance, the Vivian Greyism of Indian life.
  • Extract from : « Summer on the Lakes, in 1843 » by S.M. Fuller

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