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  • adj. having a sophisticated charm


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  • a suit of shepherd's plaid, with a fair face and graceful agile form, recalling the word debonnaire as she had yesterday heard it applied.

    Dynevor Terrace: or, the clue of life — Volume 1

  • He made the gesture that Mrs. Frost called debonnaire -- read on for five minutes in silence, insisted on teaching his aunt the cause of the colours in peacock ores, compared them to a pigeon's neck, and talked of old Betty Gervas's tame pigeons; whence he proceeded to memories of the days that he and Mary had spent together, and asked which of their old haunts she had revisited.

    Dynevor Terrace: or, the clue of life — Volume 1

  • And this coming out of a good nest is recognized as, of all things, needfulest to give the strength which enables people to be good-humored; and thus you have "debonnaire" forming the third word of the group, with

    Ariadne Florentina Six Lectures on Wood and Metal Engraving

  • Something debonnaire; which need not be separated from that awe and reverence, when they address a woman, which should shew the ardour of their passion, rather than the sheepishness of their nature; for who knows not that love delights in taming the lion-hearted?

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • But yet, shall my vanity extend only to personals, such as the gracefulness of dress, my debonnaire, and my assurance? —

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • I slow-motioned, I fast-forwarded, and I was none the wiser: three to four beats with a u at the beginning, a three - or four-syllable word with - ere or - aire at the end, and I could think of a dozen words straight off with an ending that would fit: debonnaire, legionnaire, militaire, any air you liked to play.

    the mission song

  • He listened, with no painful emotion, to the merry notes of the guitar and tamborine; and, though tears came to his eyes, when he saw the debonnaire dance of the peasants, they were not merely tears of mournful regret.

    The Mysteries of Udolpho

  • Their sprightly melodies, debonnaire steps, the fanciful figure of their dances, with the tasteful and capricious manner in which the girls adjusted their simple dress, gave a character to the scene entirely French.

    The Mysteries of Udolpho

  • They were gay and debonnaire, as they were wont to be when she, too, was gay — when St. Aubert used to listen to their merry music, with a countenance beaming pleasure and benevolence.

    The Mysteries of Udolpho

  • The affair had died, drowned in the turmoil of the war and quite forgotten in the arabesque of these three months, but a picture of her, poignant, debonnaire, immersed in her own inconsequential chatter, recurred to him unexpectedly and brought a hundred memories with it.

    Tales of the Jazz Age


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