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deb·o·nair

also deb·o·naire  (dĕb′ə-nâr′)

adj.

1. Sophisticated; urbane.

2. Gracious and charming in a cheerful, carefree way.


[Middle English debonaire, gracious, kindly, from Old French, from de bon aire, of good lineage or disposition : de, of (from Latin ; see de-) + bon, bonne, good (from Latin bonus; see deu- in Indo-European roots) + aire, nest, family; see aerie.]

deb′o·nair′ly adv.

deb′o·nair′ness n.

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:

Adj. 1. debonaire – having a sophisticated charm; “a debonair gentleman”

refined – (used of persons and their behavior) cultivated and genteel; “she was delicate and refined and unused to hardship”; “refined people with refined taste”
2. debonaire – having a cheerful, lively, and self-confident air; “looking chipper, like a man…diverted by his own wit”- Frances G. Patton; “life that is gay, brisk, and debonair”- H.M.Reynolds; “walked with a jaunty step”; “a jaunty optimist”

cheerful – being full of or promoting cheer; having or showing good spirits; “her cheerful nature”; “a cheerful greeting”; “a cheerful room”; “as cheerful as anyone confined to a hospital bed could be”

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debonair

also debonaire
adjective

1. Displaying light-hearted nonchalance:
2. Free from care or worry:

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