American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Being in accord with conventions or accepted standards; proper.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- As it should be; according to the rules of good society; genteel; proper: a French phrase often used in English.
- adj. according with custom or propriety
- Borrowing from French comme il faut ‘as it should be’. (Wiktionary)
- French : comme, as + il faut, it is necessary, proper. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“It is never desirable to remain until the last at an evening-party, but is more comme il faut to be among the earliest to bid adieu to the hostess; yet, it is not well to go too early, and be the means of breaking up the party.”
“Weary as we were, it was impossible to attempt reposing until a purification had been effected: we therefore set ourselves to sprinkling vinegar and burning perfumes; and it was curious to observe that the people, (all gens comme il faut [People of fashion.]) whom we found inhaling the atmosphere of a Caffrarian hut, declared their nerves were incommoded by the essence of roses and vinaigre des quatre voleurs.”
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