Definition of faux pas in English:

faux pas

noun

  • An embarrassing or tactless act or remark in a social situation.

    • ‘Even though it is no longer considered a fashion faux pas, I refuse to wear white after Labor Day.’
    • ‘Well, I personally don't think that was a faux pas at all, seeing as you asked whether anyone else wanted it first.’
    • ‘Well you wouldn't want to read that book, obviously, but it's the sort of thing you need to know about in order to avoid making embarrassing faux pas.’
    • ‘Realizing the faux pas, the confused singer made up a few impromptu dance moves before walking off the stage.’
    • ‘But I feel I'm committing some terrible faux pas and trendy typography buffs are probably sniggering at me.’
    • ‘I tune in for the fashion firsts, the fashion faux pas, and to see what's in fashion.’
    • ‘Howard could have done without this most recent faux pas.’
    • ‘This can be an amusing approach when you're talking about fashion faux pas and such like.’
    • ‘This is a faux pas the government should swiftly make amends for.’
    • ‘Every social faux pas, every cruel word, every embarrassment returns with fresh power to demoralise.’
    • ‘Arrogant pride can be a social faux pas, but feeling proud is important for a healthy sense of self esteem.’
    • ‘Trust me, this will help greatly in preventing any possible faux pas or embarrassment.’
    • ‘For example, they might be less likely to recognize that a social faux pas or insult could cause someone else offence.’
    • ‘When bureaucrats pointed out the faux pas, she corrected the order.’
    • ‘Political correctness is de rigueur while offering dinner guests non-organic vegetables is a serious faux pas.’
    • ‘But look at how confusion and indecision have prompted a fashion faux pas.’
    • ‘Correcting other people's children is a faux pas that will earn you a cold shoulder from the respective parent.’
    • ‘Will my nationally aired faux pas and charisma catastrophes ever desist?’
    • ‘And the second faux pas is the proliferation of checked shirts.’
    • ‘What's the worst faux pas an Englishman can make in a pitch?’
    gaffe, blunder, mistake
    indiscretion, impropriety, breach of etiquette, lapse of etiquette, solecism, gaucherie, peccadillo
    boob, boo-boo, slip-up, clanger, howler, boner
    blooper
    bloomer
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Origin

Late 17th century: French, literally false step.

Pronunciation:

faux pas

/ˌfō ˈpä/