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deb·o·nairalso deb·o·naire (dĕb′ə-nâr′)
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 dē; see de-) + bon, bonne, good (from Latin bonus; see deu- in Indo-European roots) + aire, nest, family; see aerie.]
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(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]
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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]
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|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"
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adjective elegant, charming, dashing, smooth, refined, courteous, affable, suave, urbane, well-bred a handsome, debonair, death-defying racing-driver
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1. Displaying light-hearted nonchalance:
Idiom: free and easy.
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adj → flott
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