debonair


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deb·o·nair

also deb·o·naire  (dĕb′ə-nâr′)
adj.
1. Sophisticated; urbane.
2. Gracious and charming in a cheerful, carefree way.

[Middle English debonaire, gracious, kindly, from Old French, from de bon aire, of good lineage or disposition : de, of (from Latin ; see de-) + bon, bonne, good (from Latin bonus; see deu- in Indo-European roots) + aire, nest, family; see aerie.]

deb′o·nair′ly adv.
deb′o·nair′ness n.

debonair

(ˌdɛbəˈnɛə) ,

debonnaire

or

debonaire

(esp of a man or his manner) adj
1. suave and refined
2. carefree; light-hearted
3. courteous and cheerful; affable
[C13: from Old French debonaire, from de bon aire having a good disposition]
ˌdeboˈnairly adv
ˌdeboˈnairness n

deb•o•nair

(ˌdɛb əˈnɛər)

adj.
1. suave; worldly.
2. jaunty; carefree.
[1175–1225; Middle English debone(i)re < Anglo-French; Old French debonaire, orig. phrase de bon aire of good lineage]
deb`o•nair′ly, adv.
deb`o•nair′ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.debonair - having a sophisticated charm; "a debonair gentleman"
refined - (used of persons and their behavior) cultivated and genteel; "she was delicate and refined and unused to hardship"; "refined people with refined taste"
2.debonair - having a cheerful, lively, and self-confident air; "looking chipper, like a man...diverted by his own wit"- Frances G. Patton; "life that is gay, brisk, and debonair"- H.M.Reynolds; "walked with a jaunty step"; "a jaunty optimist"
cheerful - being full of or promoting cheer; having or showing good spirits; "her cheerful nature"; "a cheerful greeting"; "a cheerful room"; "as cheerful as anyone confined to a hospital bed could be"

debonair

adjective elegant, charming, dashing, smooth, refined, courteous, affable, suave, urbane, well-bred a handsome, debonair, death-defying racing-driver

debonair

also debonaire
adjective
1. Displaying light-hearted nonchalance:
Informal: corky.
2. Free from care or worry:
Translations

debonair

[ˌdebəˈnɛəʳ] ADJ (= elegant) → gallardo; (= courteous) → cortés; (= cheerful) → alegre

debonair

[ˌdɛbəˈnɛər] adj (= suave) [man] → élégant et sûr de lui

debonair

adjflott

debonair

[ˌdɛbəˈnɛəʳ] adj (young man) → gioviale e disinvolto/a
References in classic literature ?
she answered, smiling back at him, for he too looked unusually debonair, and the thought of entering the ballroom on the arm of such a personable man caused Amy to pity the four plain Misses Davis from the bottom of her heart.
Of such insolences and attempted slights he, of course, took no notice, and in the opinion of most people his frank debonair manner, his charming boyish smile, and the infinite grace of that wonderful youth that seemed never to leave him, were in themselves a sufficient answer to the calumnies, for so they termed them, that were circulated about him.
The sweet Lenore hath "gone before," with Hope, that flew beside Leaving thee wild for the dear child that should have been thy bride - For her, the fair and debonair, that now so lowly lies, The life upon her yellow hair but not within her eyes - The life still there, upon her hair - the death upon her eyes.
I cannot be gay, brilliant, debonair in the presence of a cat.
He drew himself up, a smile of debonair gallantry lit up his face and as soon as the last figure of the ecossaise was ended, he clapped his hands to the musicians and shouted up to their gallery, addressing the first violin:
Next comes Nibs, the gay and debonair, followed by Slightly, who cuts whistles out of the trees and dances ecstatically to his own tunes.
He was conscious of a strong liking for this debonair, pleasant-faced young man, who treated him not only as an equal, but as an equal in whose society he found an especial pleasure.
He was full of high spirits and humour, debonair, with all the obvious claims to popularity.
There came a squire so debonair His dress was rich, his words were fair, He sweetly sang, he deftly played: He could not win the franklin's maid.
Like other girls she had her dreams of a possible Prince Charming, young and handsome and debonair.
In due time it backed up to the door with much gong-clanging, and the capable young medico, in his white linen coat, ready, active, confident, with his smooth face half debonair, half grim, danced up the steps.
A small, dark man, dapper and debonair, swallow-tailed and top-hatted, was waltzing about the stage with dainty, mincing steps, and in a thin little voice singing something or other about somebody or something evidently pathetic.