Debonair: charming and carefree; suave; gracious; urbane; nonchalant; having sophisticated charm

Just think of the guy at the desk in the Word Up! series.  Man… is that guy debonair!

Debonair comes from the old French phrase de bon aire.  De bon aire in Old French meant “of a good race”.  Originally the term was applied to hawks and falcons.  Aire may further derive from the Latin word for field, ager.  In this sense, de bon aire would refer to a place of origin.  Since no one is sure, the etymology of the last part of the word is up in the air.   

Synonyms of debonair are affable, dashing, elegant, refined, or suave. 


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