Je-ne-sais-quoi definition

zhə nə sā kwä, sĕ
A quality or attribute that is difficult to describe or express.
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A quality that is hard to describe or express.
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An intangible quality that makes something distinctive or attractive.

She has a certain je ne sais quoi about her.

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Origin of je-ne-sais-quoi

  • French je I ne not sais first person present indicative of savoir to know quoi what

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

  • Borrowing from French je ne sais quoi, literally ‘I don't know what’.

    From Wiktionary