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au courant
well-informed
blase
tired of pleasures
bourgeois
having to do with the middle class; concerned with petty interests
chic
stylish
clairvoyant
clear-sighted; unusually perceptive
complaisant
willing to please; obliging; amiable
debonair
gracious; courteous; charming; suave
gauche
lacking social grace; crude; tactless
maladroit
unskillful; clumsy
naive
simple in nature; artless; ingenuous
nonchalant
without concern or enthusiasm; indifferent
attache
member of the diplomatic staff of an ambassador or minister
bourgeoisie
middle class
charge d'affaires
temporary substitute for an ambassador
concierge
doorkeeper; custodian; hotel employee who handles mail, arranges theater reservations, etc.
confrere
colleague; co-worker; comrade
connoisseur
expert; critical judge
coterie
set or circle of acquaintances; clique
debutante
young woman who has just had her debut into society
devotee
zealous follower; fan
elite
group of individuals thought to be superior
emigre
refugee; person who has fled from his or her native land because of political conditions
entourage
group of attendants, assistants or associates accompanying a person
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
gourmand
person excessively fond of eating and drinking; glutton
gourmet
connoisseur in eating and drinking
ingenue
actress playing the role of a naive young woman
maitre d'hotel
headwaiter
martinet
person who enforces strict discipline
nonpareil
person of unequalled excellence
nouveaux riches
persons newly rich
parvenu
person suddenly risen to wealth or power who lacks the proper social qualifications
protege
someone taught; protected or advanced by a person of experience or influence
raconteur
person who excels in telling stories, etc.
valet
manservant who attends to the personal needs of his employer
aplomb
absolute confidence in oneself; poise; self-posession
eclat
brilliancy of achievement
elan
enthusiasm; eagerness for action
ennui
feeling of weariness and discontent; boredom; tedium
esprit de corps
feeling of union and common interest pervading a group
finesse
skill and adroitness in handling a difficult situation
legerdemain
sleight of hand; artful trick
malaise
vague feeling of bodily discomfort or ilness
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 in difficult circumstances; composure; equanimity
savoir faire
knowledge of just what to say or do; tact
adieu
good-bye; farewell
au revoir
good-bye; till we meet again
billet-doux
love letter
bon mot
clever saying; witty remark; witticism
brochure
pamphlet; booklet
canard
false rumor; absurd story; hoax
cliche
worn-out expression; trite phrase
entre nous
between us; confidentially
mot juste
exactly right word; most suitable expression
nom de plume
pen name; pseudonym
precis
brief summary
repartee
skill of replying quickly, cleverly, and humorously; witty reply
resume
brief account of experience and qualifications submitted by an applicant for a position; summary
riposte
retort; repartee
tete-atete
private conversation between two parties
bete noire
dreaded object or person; bugbear
carte blanche
full discretionary power; freedom to use one own's judgement
cause celebre
famous case in law that arouses considerable interest
contretemps
inopportune occurrence; embarrassing situation
cul-de-sac
blind alley; dead end
debacle
collapse; disaster
fait accompli
thing already done
faux pas
misstep; blunder in conduct
impassse
deadlock; predicament with no obvious way out
liaison
bond; person who establishes and makes connections
melange
mixture; medley; potpourri
mirage
optical illusion
coup d'etat
sudden violent overthrow of a government
demarche
course of action; maneuver
detente
relaxing, as of strained relations between nations
entente
understanding or agreement between governments
laissez-faire
doctrine opposing interference by governments in economic affairs; noninterference
lettre de cachet
letter bearing a seal ordering the imprisonment without trial of a person the letter names
premier
prime minister
rapprochement
establishment or state of cordial relations; coming together
regime
system of government or rule
avant-garde
experimentalists or innovators in any art
bas-relief
sculpture in which the figures project only slightly from the background
baton
rod a conductor uses to direct an orchestra or band
chef d'oeuvre
chief work; masterpiece in art, literature, etc
denouement
solution of the plot ina play, story or complex situation
encore
audience's demand for an additional performance;
genre
kind, sort, category; style of painting depicting scenes from everyday life
musicale
social gathering with music as the featured entertainment
palette
thin board on which an artist lays and mixes colors
repertoire
stock of plays that a company or individual is prepared to perform; collection
vignette
short verbal description; graceful literary sketch
a la carte
according to the menu; dish by dish
a la mode
accordin to fashion; with ice cream
aperitif
alcoholic drink taken before a meal as an appetizer
bonbon
piece of candy
consomme
clear soup; broth
croissant
rich, flaky, crescent-shaped roll
cuisine
style of cooking or preparing food
demitasse
small cup for or of strong black coffee
entree
main dish at lunch or dinner
filet
slice of meat or fish without bones
hors doeuvres
light foods served as appetizers before the regular courses of a meal
piece de resistance
main dish; main item of any collection
soup du jour
soup of the day
table d'hote
complete meal of several courses offered in ahotel or restaurant at a fixed price
bouffant
puffed out; full
boutique
small shop specializing in fashionable clothes
chemise
loose-fitting, sacklike dress
coiffure
style of arranging the hair
corsage
small bouquet worn by a woman
cravat
necktie; neckband; scarf
ensemble
complete costume of harmonius clothing and accessories
flamboyant
flamelike; ornate; showy; vivd
toupee
wig; hairpiece to cover baldness
vogue
fashion; accepted style
ambience
surroundings; atmosphere; environment
apropos
by the way; incidentally; appropriate
avoirdupois
weight; heaviness
bagatelle
trifle
coup de grace
decisive finishing blow
en route
on the way; along the way
etiquette
required social or official usages; code of behavior
facade
face or front of a building or of anything; false front
fete
festival; entertainment; party
foyer
entrance lobby; hakk; vestibule
milieu
environment; setting; surroundings
parasol
umbrella for protection against the sun
par excellence
above all others of the same sort (FOLLOWS THE WORD IT MODIFIES--YOU MADE THIS MISTAKE LAST TIME)
passe
old-fashioned; behind the times
pince-nez
eyeglasses clipped to the nose by a spring
premiere
first performance
queue
line of persons or vehicles waiting their turn
raison d'etre
reason or justification for existing
rendezvous
prearranged meeting place; popular gathering place
silhouette
shadow; outline
sobriquet
nickname
souvenir
reminder; keepsake; memento
tour de force
feat of strangth, skill or ingenuity
vis-a-vis
face-to-face with; opposite; in relation to; as compared with