V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. elegant and sophisticated in dress and manner; 2. having a friendly, charming, and sophisticated demeanor

Synonyms: dashing, suave, urbane, elegant, jaunty, refined, cheery, buoyant, pleasant, charming, carefree, nonchalant

Antonyms: dowdy, frumpy, inelegant, unpleasant

Tips: Debonair comes from the French phrase de bon aire, "of good family or nature." In modern usage, it refers to elegant and refined manners or dress, a carefree, self-confident manner, or a combination of both. Debonair is a strong compliment that denotes many desirable traits: style, elegance, sophistication, courtesy, urbanity.

Usage Examples:

At the party, the attention of all the eligible young women was focused on the debonair bachelor, a newcomer to the town. (dashing, suave)

John is charming, suave, and debonair; he would make a great spokesman for our product. (urbane, refined)

His debonair smile immediately put me at ease. (pleasant, cheery, confident)

The speaker was self-assured and debonair, without seeming arrogant. (suave, charming, nonchalant)

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