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au courant
well informed, up to date
blase
tired of pleasures, bored
bourgeois
having to do w/ middle class, concerned w/ petty, materialistic interests (lacking culture)
chic
stylish
clairvoyant
clear-sighted, unusually perceptive
complaisant
willing to please, obliging, amiable
debonair
courteous, gracious, and charming
gauche
lacking social grace, crude, tactless, awkward
maladroit
unskillful, clumsy
naive
simple in nature, artless, ingenuous
nonchalant
w/o concern or enthusiasm, indifferent
attache
member of diplomatic staff of an ambassador or minister
bourgeoisie
the middle class
charge d'affaires
temporary substitute for an ambassador
concierge
doorkeeper, custodian, janitor
confrere
colleague, coworker, comrade
connoisseur
expert, critical judge
coterie
set or circle of aquaintances, clique
debutante
young woman who has just had her debut
devotee
zealous follower, ardent adherent of something or someone, fan
elite
group of individuals thought to be superior, aristocracy, choice part
emigre
refugee, person who has fled from his or her land b/c of political conditions
entourage
group of attendants, assistants, or associates
entrepreneur
one who assumes the risks and management of a business
envoy
diplomatic agent or messenger
fiance
person engaged to be married
gendarme
armed police officer, esp. in France or other European Countries
gourmand
person excessively fond of eating or drinking, glutton
gourmet
connoisseur in eating and drinking
ingenue
actress playing the role of a naive young woman, or just the ladder
maitre d'hotel
headwaiter
martinet
person who enforces very strict discipline
nonpareil
person of unequalled excellence, paragon
nouveaux riches
persons newly rich
parvenu (parvenue, fem)
person suddenly risen to wealth or ppower but lacks social qualifications
protege
person under the care of another
reconteur
person who excels in telling stories
valet
manservant who attends to the personal needs of his employer, as by taking care of his employer's clothes
aplomb
absolute confidence in oneself, poise, self-possession
eclat
brilliancy of achievement
elan
enthusiasm, eagerness for action
ennui
feeling of weariness and discontent, boredom, tedium
esprit de corps
feeling of union and ocmmon interest pervading a group, devotion to a group or its ideas
finesse
skill and adroitness in handling a difficult situation
legerdemain
sleight of hand, artful trick
malaise
vague feeling of bodily discomfort or illness
noblesse oblige
principle that persons of high rank or birth are obliged to act nobly
rapport
relationship characterized by harmony, conformity, or affinity
sangfroid
coolness of mind or composure in idfficult circumstances; equanimity
savoir faire
knowledge of just what to do, tact
adieu
good-bye, farewell
au revoir
good-bye til we meet again
billet-doux
love letter
bon mot
clever saying, witty remark
brochure
pamphlet, treatise
canard
false rumor, absurd story, hoax
cliche
trite or wornout expression
entre nous
between us; confidentially
mot juste
the exactly right word
nom de plume
pen name, pseudonym
precis
brief summary
repartee
skill of replying quckly, cleverly, and humorously; witty reply
resume
brief account of professional qualifications and experience submitted by an applicant
riposte
quick retort or repartee
tete-a-tete
private conversation between 2 persons
bete noire
object or person dreaded, bugbear
carte blanche
full decretionary power, freedom to use one's own judgement
cause celebre
famous case in law that arouses considerable interest, incident attracting much attention
contretemps
inoppurtune occurance; embarrassing situation or mishap
cul-de-sac
blind alley
debacle
overthrow, collapse, or rout
fait accompli
thing already done
faux pas
misstep or blunder in conduct
impasse
deadlock, predicament affording no escape; impassable road
liaison
bond, linking up, coordination of activities
melange
mixture; medly, potpourri
mirage
optical illusion