Debonair meaning

dĕbə-nâr
Pleasant and friendly in a cheerful way; genial.
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The definition of debonair is an elegant, gracious and carefree in manner.

An example of a debonair person was Cary Grant.

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Sophisticated; urbane.
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Gracious and charming in a cheerful, carefree way.
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Easy and carefree in manner; jaunty; sprightly.
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Elegant and gracious; urbane.
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(especially of men) Charming, confident and carefully dressed.
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Origin of debonair

  • Middle English debonaire gracious, kindly from Old French from de bon aire of good lineage or disposition de of (from Latin de–) bon, bonne good (from Latin bonus deu-2 in Indo-European roots) aire nest, family aerie

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Old French debonaire, from the phrase de bon aire "of good stock, noble".

    From Wiktionary