Definition of comme il faut in English:

comme il faut


  • [predicative] Correct in behavior or etiquette.

    • ‘He superintended the arrangements, chose the wallpapers, supplemented the furniture (preferably with antiques which he considered particularly comme il faut), and supervised the upholstering.’
    • ‘Um, no.. I'm not sure if it's comme il faut to mention other companies here...’
    • ‘It's comme il faut, however, to drink espresso pretty much at any time of the day.’
    • ‘In China, it's comme il faut.’
    proper, seemly, decent, becoming, befitting, tasteful, in good taste
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Mid 18th century: French, literally as is necessary.


comme il faut

/ˌkôm ēl ˈfō/