- Savoir faire is knowledge of what to do and say and an ability to excel in social situations.
Jackie Kennedy's grace and poise is an example of savoir faire.
savoir-faire definition by Webster's New World
Origin: French to know (how) to do
savoir-faire definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: French : savoir, to know how + faire, to do.
savoir-faire - Cultural Definition
Ease and dexterity in social and practical affairs: “Peter is a friendly person, but he lacks the savoir faire required for a successful career in the foreign service.” From French, meaning “to know how to act.”