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au courant(adj)
well informed; up-to-date
blase(adj)
tired of pleasures
bourgeois(adj)
1. Having to do with the middle class
2. Concerned with petty, materialistic interests; lacking in culture or refinement
chic(adj)
stylish
clairvoyant(adj)
clear-sighted; unusually perceptive
complaisant(adj)
willing to please; obliging; amiable
debonair(adj)
courteous, gracious, and charming
gauche(adj)
lacking social grace; crude; tactless; awkward
maladroit(adj)
unskillful or clumsy
nonchalant(adj)
without concern or enthusiasm
attache(n)
member of the diplomatic staff of an ambassador or minister
bourgesoisie(n)
the middle class
charge d'affaires
Temporary substitute for an ambassador
concierge(n)
doorkeeper; custodian; janitor
confrere(n)
colleague; co-worker; comrade
conoisseur(n)
expert; critical juidge
coterie(n)
set or circle of accquaintances; clique
debuntante(n)
young women who has just had her debut
devotee(n)
zealous follower; ardent adherent of something or someone; fan
elite(n)
group of individuals thought to be superior; aristocracy
emigre(n)
refugee; person who flees from his or her native land for political reasons
entourage(n)
group of attendants, assistants, or associates accompanying a person
entrepeneur(n)
one who assumes the risks and management of a business
envoy(n)
diplomatic agent or messanger
fiance(n)
person engaged to marry
gendarme(n)
armed police officer; especially in France and other European countries
gourmand(n)
person excessively fond of eating and drinking; glutton
gourmet(n)
conoisseur in eating and drinking
ingenue(n)
actress playing the role of a naive young woman
maitre d'hotel(n)
head waiter
martinet(n)
person who enforces very strict discipline
nonpareil(n)
person of unequaled excellence
nouveax riches(n pl.)
persons newly rich
parvenu(n)
person suddenly risen to wealth or power who lacks proper social qualifications
protege(n)
person under the care or protection of another
rancoteur(n)
person who excels in story telling
valet(n)
manservant who attends to personal needs of his employer, as by taking care of the employer's clothes
aplomb(n)
absolute confidence in oneself; poise; self possession
eclat
brilliancy of acheivment
elan(n)
enthusiasm; eagerness for action
ennui(n)
feeling of weariness and discontent; boredom
espirit de corps(n)
feeling of union and common interest pervading a group; devotion to a group or its ideals
finesse(n)
skill and adriotness in handling a difficult situation
legerdemain (n)
sleight of hand; an artful trick
malaise(n)
vague feeling of bodily discomfort or illness
noblesse oblige(n)
principle that persons of high rank or birth are obligated to act nobly
rapport(n)
relationship characterized by harmony, comformity, or affinity
sangfroid(n)
coolness of mind or composure in difficult circumstances; equanimity
savoir faire(n)
knowledge of just what to do; tact
adeiu(n)
good bye or farewell
au revoir(n)
good bye till we meet again
billet-doux(n)
love letter
don mot(n)
clever saying; witty remark
brochure(n)
pamphlet; treatise
canard(n)
false rumor; absurd story; hoax
cliche(n)
tired or worn out expression
entre nous(adv)
between us; confidentially
mot juste(n)
the exactly right word
nom de plume(n)
pen name
precis(n)
summary
repartee(n)
skill of replying quickly, cleverly, and humorouslyl witty reply
resume(n)
1. breif account of personal, educational, and professional qualifications and experience submitted by an applicant
2. Summary
riposte(n)
1. quick retort or a witty reply
2. In fencing, a quick return thrust after a parry
tete-a-tete(n)
private conversation between two persons
bete noire(n)
object or person dreaded; bugbar
carte blanche(n)
full of discretionary power; freedom to use ones own judgment
cause celebre(n)
famous case in law that arouses considerable interest; an incident or situation attracting much attention
contretemps(n)
inopportune occurence; embarrassing situation or mishap
cul-de-sac(n)
blind alley
debacle(n)
collapse; overthrow; rout
fait accompli(n)
thing already done
faux pas(n)
misstep or blunder in conduct, maners, speech, etc
impasse(n)
deadlock; predicament affording no escape; impassible road
liaison(n)
bond; linking up; coordination of activities
melange(n)
mixturel medley; potpourri
mirage(n)
optical illusion
coup d'etat(n)
Sudden violentm or illegal overthrow of the government
demarche(n)
course of action, especially one involving a change of policy
detante(n)
a relaxng, as of strained relations between nations
entente(n)
understanding or agreement between governments
laissez-faire(n)
absence of government interference or reguation
lettre de cachet(n)
letter obtainable from the king of France ordering the imprisonment without trial of the person named in the letter
premeir(n)
prime minister
rapproachment(n)
establishment of cordial relations
regime(n)
system of government or rule
avant-garde(n)
experimentalists or innovators in any art
bas-relief(n)
carving or sculpture in which the figures project only slightly from the background
baton(n)
a stick with which a conductor beats time for the orchestra
chef'd oeuvure(n)
masterpiece in art, literature, etc
denouement(n)
solution of the plot in a play, story, or complex situation
encore(n)
repitition of a performance in response to the demand from an audience
genre(n)
1. kind; sort; category
2. Style of painting depiciting scenes from everyday life
musicale(n)
social gathering, with music as the featured entertainment
palette(n)
thin board on which an artist lays and mixes colors
repertoire(n)
1. Stock of plays, operas, roles, compositions, etc, that a company of performers is prepared to perform

2. Collection
vignette(n)
short verbal description; small, craceful literary sketch
a la carte(adv)
according to the bill of fare; dish by dish; with stated price for each dish
a la mode(adj)
1. accoridng to fasion; stylish
2. with ice cream
apertiff(n)
alcoholic drink taken before a meal as an appetizer
bonbon(n)
piece of candy
consomme
clear soup; broth
croissant(n)
rich, falky, crescent shaped roll
cuisine(n)
style of cooking or preparing food
demitasse(n(
small cup for black coffee
entree(n)
main dish at lunch or dinner
flet(n)
slice of fish without bones or fat
hors d'oeuvres (n)
light food served as an appetizer before the regular course
piece de resitance
1. main dish
soup du jour(n)
special soup served in a resturant on a particular day
table d'hote(n)
complete meal of several courses offered in a hotel or resturant at a fixed price
bouffant*adj)
puffed out; full
boutique(n)
small shop specializing in fashionable clothes
chemise(n)
loose-fitting, sacklike dress
coiffure(n)
style of arranging hair; headdress
corsage(n)
small bouqet worn by a woman
cravat(n)
necktie
ensemble(n)
complete costume of harmonious clothing and accessories
flamboyant(adj)
flamelike; very ornate; showy
toupee
wig
vogue(n)
fashionable; accepted style
ambience(n)
surrounding atmosphere; environment
apropos(adv)
by the way; incidentally
apropos(adj)
appropriate; releveant; pertinet
avoirdupois(n)
weight; heaviness
bagatelle(n)
trifle
coup de grace(n)
decisive finish blow
en route(adj)
on the way
etiquette(n)
conduct and manners of polite society
facade(n)
face or front of a building, or of anything
fete(n)
festival; entertainment; party
foyer(n)
entrance hall; lobby
milieu(n)
environment; setting
parasol(n)
umbrella for protection against the Sun
par excellence(adj)
above all others of the same sort
passe(adj)
old-fashioned; behind the times; outmoded
pince-nez(n)
eyeglasses clipped to the nose by a spring
premiere(n)
first performance
queue(n)
line of persons waiting their turn
raison d'etre
reason or justification for exisiting
rendezvous(n)
1. meeting place fixed by prior agreement
sillhoutte(n)
shadow or outline
sobriquet(n)
nickname
souvenir(n)
reminder; keepsake; memento
tour de force(n)
feat of strength, skill, or ingenuity
vis-vis(prep)
face to face; opposite