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au courant
well-informed; up to date
blase
tired of pleasures; bored
chic
stylish
gauche
lacking social grace; crude; tactless; awkward
naive
simple in nature; artless; ingenuous
attache
member of the diplomatic staff of an ambassador or minister
coterie
set or circle of acquaintances; clique
elite
group of individuals thought to be superior; aristocracy; choice part
envoy
diplomatic agent or messenger
martinet
person who enforces very strict discipline
aplomb
absolute confidence in oneself; poise; self-possession
ennui
feeling of weariness and discontent; boredom; tedium
esprit de corps
feeling of union and common interest pervading a group; devotion to a group or to its ideals
savoire faire
knowledge of just what to say or do; tact
cliche
worn-out expression; trite phrase
resume
1. brief account of experience and qualifications submitted by an applicant; curriculum vitae
2.summary
tete-a-tete
private conversation between two persons
carte blanche
full discretionary power; freedom to use one's own judgement
debacle
collapse; disaster; overthrow; rout; fiasco
impasse
deadlock; predicament with no obvious way out; stalemate
liaison
1. bond; linking up; coordination of activities
2. person who establishes and maintains this connection
detente
relaxing, as of strained relations between government
laissez-faire
doctrine opposing interference by governments in economic affairs; noninterfernce
avant-garde
experimentalists or innovaters in any art
a la mode
1. according to fashion; stylish
2. with ice cream
barritone
male voive between bass and tenor
tenor
adult male voice beritone and alto
falsetto
artificially high voice
soprano
highest voice in women and boys
adagio
slow; in an easy, graceful manner
allegro
brisk; quick; lively
presto
quick
crescendo
gradually increasing in force or loudness
dolce
soft; sweet
a cappella
without musical accompaniment
staccato
with breaks between successive notesw; disconnected; abrupt
vibrato
slightly throbbing or pulsating effect, adding warmth and beauty to the tone
concerto
long musical composition for one or more principal instruments with orchestral accompaniment
opera
play mostly sung, with costumes, scenery, action and music
cameo
1. gem or medallion cut in relief, the carved figure projecting
campanile
bell tower
cupola
1. rounded roof; dome
2. small dome or tower on a roof
fresco
1. art of painting with watercolors on dam fresh plaster
2. picture or design so painted
mezzanine
intermediate story in a theater between the main floor and the first balcony
patina
film or incrustation, usually green, on the surface of old bronze or copper
rotunda
1. round building, esp one with a dome or cupola
2. large round room
dilettante
1. dabbler in an art or other field
2. art lover
mountebank
boastful pretender; charlatan; quack
viruoso
one who exhibits great technical skill in an art, esp in playing a musical instrument
imbroglio
1. difficult situation
2. complicated disagreement
aficionado
devoted follower of some sport or art; fan ; devotee
duenna
elerly woman chaperon of a young lady governess
gaucho
South American cowboy
junta
1. council for legislation or administration
2. group of military officers controlling a government after a coup d'etat
3. junto
macho
man exhibiting machismo
picador
rider on horseback in a bullfight who lances the bull to weaken its neck and shoulder muscles
renegade
traito; turncoat; deserter; apostate
travado
pretense of bravery
flotilla
small fleet; fleet of small vessels
adobe
1. brick of sun-dried clay and straw
2. structure made of such bricks
arroyo
1. water-carved, often dry, gully
2. brook; creek
bonanza
1. large and rich mine
2. souce yielding an often unexpectedly rich return
hacienda
1. large estate or ranch; plantation
2. main house on such an estate
pueblo
1. Native American village of southwestern US
2. communal dwelling of adobe or stone in such a village
sierra
mountain range having an irregular or serrated (saw-toothed) outline
cabana
cabinlike shelter at a beach or pool
manana
tommorrow; (in) the indefinite future
pampa
vast, treeless, grassy plain, esp in Argentina; prarie
peccadillo
slight offense; small fault
poncho
1. blanketlike with a slit in the middle of the head
2. waterproofed and hooded raincoat of similar shape