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debonair

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Old French debonaire, from the phrase de bon aire "of good stock, noble".

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debonair (comparative more debonair, superlative most debonair)

  1. (obsolete) Gracious, courteous.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.vi:
      Let be that Ladie debonaire, / Thou recreant knight, and soone thy selfe prepaire / To battell [...].
  2. Suave, urbane and sophisticated.
  3. (especially of men) Charming, confident and carefully dressed.

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