adjective Etymology: Middle English debonere, from Anglo-French deboneire, from de bon aire of good family or nature Date: 13th century 1. archaic gentle, courteous 2. a. suave, urbane <
a debonair performer
b. lighthearted, nonchalantdebonairly adverbdebonairness noun

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