debonair

  • 1 Debonair — can refer to: Debonair (airline), a British airline which ceased operations in October 1999 Debonair (magazine), an Indian men s magazine Debonair Magazine (U.S.), a U.S. men s magazine The Debonaires, a transgressive dirty joke that has been… …

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  • 2 Debonair — Deb o*nair , a. [OE. debonere, OF. de bon aire, debonaire, of good descent or lineage, excellent, debonair, F. d[ e]bonnaire debonair; de of (L. de) + bon good (L. bonus) + aire. See {Air}, and {Bounty}, and cf. {Bonair}.] Characterized by… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 debonair — c.1200, mild, gentle, kind courteous, from O.Fr. debonaire, from de bon aire of good race, originally used of hawks, hence, thoroughbred (opposite of Fr. demalaire). Used in M.E. to mean docile, courteous, it became obsolete and was revived with… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 debonair — [adj] charming, elegant affable, buoyant, casual, cheerful, courteous, dashing, detached, happy, jaunty, lighthearted, nonchalant, pleasant, refined, smooth, sprightly, suave, urbane, well bred; concept 401 Ant. awkward, clumsy, inelegant,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 5 debonair — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ (of a man) confident, stylish, and charming. ORIGIN from Old French de bon aire of good disposition …

    English terms dictionary

  • 6 debonair — [deb΄ə ner′] adj. [ME debonaire < OFr < de bon aire, lit., of good breed or race: see AERIE] 1. Archaic pleasant and friendly in a cheerful way; genial 2. easy and carefree in manner; jaunty; sprightly 3. elegant and gracious; urbane: Also… …

    English World dictionary

  • 7 debonair — [[t]de̱bəne͟ə(r)[/t]] ADJ GRADED A man who is debonair is confident, charming, and well dressed. He was a handsome, debonair, death defying racing driver. Syn: suave …

    English dictionary

  • 8 debonair — adjective a man who is debonair is fashionable and well dressed and behaves in an attractively confident way: a stylish, debonair young man …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 9 debonair — 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 p …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 10 debonair — debonairly, adv. debonairness, n. /deb euh nair /, adj. 1. courteous, gracious, and having a sophisticated charm: a debonair gentleman. 2. jaunty; carefree; sprightly. Also, debonaire, debonnaire. [1175 1225; ME debone(i)re < AF; OF debonaire,… …

    Universalium

  • 11 debonair — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. courteous; gay, affable. See cheerfulness. II (Roget s IV) modif. 1. [Jaunty] Syn. buoyant, carefree, easy; see jaunty , nonchalant . 2. [Urbane] Syn. suave, smooth, elegant, dapper; see pleasant 1 …

    English dictionary for students

  • 12 debonair — deb|o|nair [ˌdebəˈneə US ˈner] adj old fashioned [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: de bonne aire of good family or nature ] a man who is debonair is fashionable and confident …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 debonair — deb|o|nair [ ,debə ner ] adjective OLD FASHIONED a man who is debonair wears fashionable clothes and is attractive, relaxed, and confident …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 14 debonair —    (deh boh NAIR) [French, from de bon air: of good mien] Having an urbane and nonchalant manner; charming and sophisticated; gracious and self confident.    Fred Astaire has to have been the most debonair entertainer of his generation …

    Dictionary of foreign words and phrases

  • 15 debonair — adjective as debonair as Cary Grant Syn: suave, urbane, sophisticated, cultured, self possessed, self assured, confident, charming, gracious, courteous, gallant, chivalrous, gentlemanly, refined, polished, well bred, genteel, dignified …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 16 debonair — UK [ˌdebəˈneə(r)] / US [ˌdebəˈner] adjective old fashioned a man who is debonair wears fashionable clothes and is attractive, relaxed, and confident …

    English dictionary

  • 17 debonair — adjective /dɛbəˈnɛɹ/ a) suave, urbane and sophisticated Let be that Ladie debonaire, / Thou recreant knight, and soone thy selfe prepaire / To battell [...]. b) (especially of men) charming, confident and carefully dressed …

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  • 18 debonair — Synonyms and related words: affable, airy, breezy, buoyant, carefree, charming, cheerful, civil, corky, courteous, dapper, dashing, elegant, free and easy, gay, genteel, gracious, insouciant, jaunty, light, light hearted, lighthearted, lightsome …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 19 debonair —  In French, it is débonnaire …

    Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • 20 debonair — adj. RG. 167, 374 …

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