Meaning of savoir-faire


Your savoir-fair is your social smoothness. It will serve you well at parties, and on the first day at a new school.

As with so many French words that have English cousins, the French version somehow retains an edge of sophistication over its counterpart. The nearest English equivalent of savoir-faire is know-how. But while know-how pertains to nearly all skills, especially practical ones, savoir-faire usually refers specifically to skill in social and diplomatic situations.

Definitions of savoir-faire
  1. noun

    social skill



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    type of:

    tact, tactfulness

    consideration in dealing with others and avoiding giving offense

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