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Debonair

Debˊo-nair′

,
Adj.
[OE.
debonere
, OF.
de bon aire
,
debonaire
, of good descent or lineage, excellent, debonair, F.
débonnaire
debonair;
de
of (L.
de
) +
bon
good (L.
bonus
) +
aire
. See
Air
, and
Bounty
, and cf.
Bonair
.]
Characterized by courteousness, affability, or gentleness; of good appearance and manners; graceful; complaisant.
Was never prince so meek and
debonair
.
Spenser.

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debonair

debonair

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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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