Je ne sais quoi – definition of je ne sais quoi by The Free Dictionary


je ne sais quoi

 (zhə′ nə sā kwä′, sĕ)


A quality or attribute that is difficult to describe or express.

[French : je, I + ne, not + sais : first person present indicative of savoir, to know + quoi, what.]

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je ne sais quoi



an indefinable quality, esp of personality

[literally: I don’t know what]

Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014

je ne sais quoi

(ʒənə sɛ ˈkwa)

an indefinable, elusive quality, esp. a pleasing one.

[literally, I don’t know what]

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je ne sais quoi

A French phrase meaning I don’t know what, used to mean something that you find hard to define or specify.

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:

Noun 1. je ne sais quoi – something indescribable

object, physical object – a tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a shadow; “it was full of rackets, balls and other objects”

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