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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A social blunder.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A blunder (especially used in social contexts); a misstep.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A false step; a mistake or wrong measure

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A false step; a slip; a mistake; especially, a breach of good manners; a lapse from chastity, or any act that compromises one's reputation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a socially awkward or tactless act

Etymologies

French : faux, false + pas, step.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the French phrase faux pas, of the same meaning; composed of faux, “false, wrong”, and pas, “step”. (Wiktionary)

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