Definition of flâneur in English:

flâneur

nounPlural flâneurs

  • A man who saunters around observing society.

    • ‘Before he could marry Ursula he had a long-standing lover to get rid of, an office to close and a delightful life as a left-wing flâneur to turn his back on.’
    • ‘Baudelaire was a flâneur himself, and drifted through the streets of Paris in between writing poems and spending his trust fund on dandy outfits and opium.’
    • ‘Andrew Norton, a disillusioned flâneur, novelist and bookseller lives in Hackney.’
    • ‘Manet was the gentleman flâneur personified and his paintings portray the leisure activities of Parisian life.’
    • ‘The boy is a weak and uncomfortable presence, too young for his clothes, perhaps, and certainly too young to adopt the casual air of the flâneur he's attempting.’

Origin

French, from flâner ‘saunter, lounge’.

Pronunciation

flâneur

/flaˈnəː//flanœʀ/