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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.debonaire - 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.debonaire - 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

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