Definition of debonair in English:

debonair

adjective

  • (of a man) confident, stylish, and charming.

    ‘all the men looked debonair and handsome in white tie and tails’
    • ‘Before me is not the debonair, gentleman writer I had expected but an unshaven, dishevelled man with wild, curly grey hair and frayed clothing.’
    • ‘When I am 71, can I be as suave, good-looking and debonair as the late Sacha Distel?’
    • ‘Dressed in a beige, linen Ermenegildo Zegna suit, he was every bit the suave, debonair businessman.’
    • ‘Would the ladies of a Unionist persuasion prefer the younger impetuous rascal type as their representative or the more mature, debonair sophisticate?’
    • ‘He was debonair, yet there seemed a sense of fun about him, as though he wasn't bound by the strict rules of his society.’
    • ‘More often than not, Michael Douglas is known for playing suave, debonair men.’
    • ‘One minute you could be all cool and debonair but the moment she enters, your legs turn to jelly.’
    • ‘The debonair stylist was an aficionado of organic produce long before it became fashionable.’
    • ‘Handsome doesn't even begin to describe how dashing and debonair he looks.’
    • ‘He is supposed to be a charming and debonair ladies man.’
    • ‘Less rugged and robust than debonair and sophisticated, he attracted modern, independent women who appreciated his flair.’
    • ‘He would be handsome, intelligent and debonair, but affable and always approachable, and on top of that he would always be wise, loving and kind.’
    • ‘Which caused Dominic Hamilton, one of the most suave and debonair boys I'd ever met, go absolutely nuts.’
    • ‘The debonair, sophisticated singer has tackled so many different styles that he transcends easy classification.’
    • ‘He could not have looked more suave or debonair had he walked out of the window of a fashion house in Recoleta, the upmarket district of his hometown Buenos Aires.’
    • ‘The royal equivalent of a Hollywood matinee idol, he was tall, suave, charming and debonair, with the unmistakeable look of his Hanoverian forebears.’
    • ‘Gentle and debonair in manners, he knows how to be a submissive husband and cater to the needs of his sweetheart.’
    • ‘But in the end, the debonair president with a touch for the common citizen came through with a landslide re-election victory.’
    • ‘He's debonair, smooth, handsome and slim like Moore.’
    • ‘He was charming, debonair, and a master of comedic timing.’
    suave, urbane, sophisticated, cultured, self-possessed, self-assured, confident, charming, gracious, well mannered, civil, courteous, gallant, chivalrous, gentlemanly, refined, polished, well bred, genteel, dignified, courtly
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Origin

Middle English (in the sense ‘meek or courteous’): from Old French debonaire, from de bon aire ‘of good disposition’.

Pronunciation

debonair

/ˌdɛbəˈnɛː/