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58 Cards in this Set

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noblesse oblige
principle that persons of high rank or birth are obliged to act nobly
rapport
relationship characterized by harmony or affinity
savoir faire
knowledge of just what to do in a social situation; tact
adieu
good bye; farewell
billet-doux
love lettter
cliche
trite or worn out expression
mot juste
the exactly right word
precid
brief summary
repartee
skill of replying quickly, cleverly, and numorously; witty reply
resume
breif acoount of personal, educational, and professional qualifications and experience
tete-a-tete
private conversation between 2 people
carte blanche
full discretionary power; freedom to use ones own judgement
cul-de-sac
blind alley
debacle
collapse; overthrow; rout
fait accompli
thing already done
faux pas
blunder in conduct, manners, speech; social errors
liaison
bond; linking up
mirage
optical ollusion
coup d'etat
sudden, violent, or illegal overthrow of a government
detente
relaxing of strained relations between nations
laissez faire
absense of gov't interference or regulation
avant-garde
experimentalists or innovators in any art
denouement
outcome or solution of a story's plot
encore
rendition of an additional selection after a performace
genre
kind, sort, type
palette
thin board used by an artist for mixing colors
repertoire
list of plays, operas, comps, etc, that a company or performer is prepared to perform
vignette
short verbal description; small, graceful literary sketch
a la carte
according to the bill of fare; dish by dish, with a stated price for each dish
bondon
peice of candy
cuisine
style of cooking or preparing food
demitasse
small sup for, or of, black coffee
entree
main dish at lunch or dinner
filet
slice of fish or meat without bones or fat
hors d'oeuvres
light food served as an appeitizer
biece de resistance
main dish; main item in a collection
bouffant
puffed out; full
boutique
small specialty shop
coiffure
style of arranging hair
corsage
small bouquet worm by a woman
cravat
necktie
flamboyant
very ornate; showly; flame like
toupee
wig
vogue
fashion; accepted style
ambience
surrounding enviornment; atmosphere
apropos
by the way; incidentally
facade
face or front of building
milleu
setting; eviornment
parasol
umbrella for protection from the sun
par exellence
above all the others of the same sort
premiere
first performance
raison d'etre
reason or justification for existing
redezvous
meeting place fixed by prior agreement
silhoutte
shadow; outside
sobriquet
nickname
souvenir
reminder; keepsake; memento
tour de force
feat of stregnth or skill
vis-a-vis
face to face; opposite