One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Unconcerned or unconstrained; relaxed.
- ‘Jean affected a somewhat dégagé manner and a perceptible swagger.’
- ‘Their cool, uncluttered, somewhat dégagé style meshes perfectly with my mood for spring.’
- ‘His manners are graceful and winning in the extreme - quiet, affable and dignified, yet cordial and dégagés.’
- ‘Prior to this, Fowler had avoided taking sides at all costs; he was dégagé.’
- ‘For fashion folk, there was added frisson in Finney's voluminous white shirt: the lustiness and dégagé elegance of its frills and pleats catching the eye.’
Pointing of the foot to an open position with an arched instep slightly off the floor.
- ‘She describes them as being similar to battements dégagés, but with the working foot striking the supporting leg at the ankle instead of closing into fifth position.’
- ‘Battements dégagés strengthen the toes, develop the instep and improve the flexibility of the ankle joint.’
Late 17th century: French, past participle of dégager ‘set free’.
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