One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Dressed very elegantly; well groomed.‘she was dark, petite, and soignée’
stylish, smart, elegant, chic, crisp, dapper, spruce, trim, debonair, well dressed, well groomed, well turned out, smartly dressedView synonyms
- ‘‘This is a timely moment to recall the Style Commandments, as practised by Audrey Hepburn,’ reads the caption alongside a photograph of the actress looking impossibly soignée in a beaded ball gown.’
- ‘There, lit by the glow of braziers and ‘towers of light’, or candelabras, were Richard, his partner Pam, their snuffling pugs Bijou and Ioda, and a quartet of soignée French guests.’
- ‘Lady Colin Campbell reveals a typical originality of composition which enhances the soigné elegance of the sitter.’
- ‘For example, Jonathan Saunders gave us a convincingly grown-up collection of soigné clothes, using an almost entirely black-and-white palette.’
- ‘Although not as strong this season as he was last, his mix of military and matelot, flouncy frills and soigné slimness will be popular in the Hamptons.’
- ‘Yesterday he was as soigné as it is possible for a golfer to be: polished brown shoes, brown trousers with the glove tucked into the back pocket when not in use, and a matching shirt and cap the subtle grey-green colour of a whitebeam leaf.’
- ‘She was soignée and flirty and not a little cold.’
- ‘The beau monde even dictates style to the overfed Prince of Wales, ridiculous in his pantaloons, and to soignée duchesses, who trade in their silks and satins for cotton, the ‘poor stuff’ of the French Revolution.’
- ‘As he stops to arrange dinner with the soignée wife of a chap he was at nursery school with, I realise, not without envy, that to be a Venetian is to live in the world's most beautiful and sophisticated village.’
Past participle of French soigner ‘take care of’, from soin ‘care’.
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