je ne sais quoi


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je ne sais quoi

 (zhə′ nə sā kwä′, sĕ)
n.
A quality or attribute that is difficult to describe or express.

[French : je, I + ne, not + sais : first person present indicative of savoir, to know + quoi, what.]

je ne sais quoi

(ʒənsekwa)
n
an indefinable quality, esp of personality
[literally: I don't know what]

je ne sais quoi

(ʒənə sɛ ˈkwa)
n.
French.
an indefinable, elusive quality, esp. a pleasing one.
[literally, I don't know what]

je ne sais quoi

A French phrase meaning I don’t know what, used to mean something that you find hard to define or specify.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.je ne sais quoi - something indescribable
object, physical object - a tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a shadow; "it was full of rackets, balls and other objects"
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