Adjective "debonair" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of a man) confident, stylish, and charming.
  1. 'He would be handsome, intelligent and debonair, but affable and always approachable, and on top of that he would always be wise, loving and kind.'
  2. 'The debonair, sophisticated singer has tackled so many different styles that he transcends easy classification.'
  3. 'The royal equivalent of a Hollywood matinee idol, he was tall, suave, charming and debonair, with the unmistakeable look of his Hanoverian forebears.'
  4. 'Before me is not the debonair, gentleman writer I had expected but an unshaven, dishevelled man with wild, curly grey hair and frayed clothing.'
  5. 'Handsome doesn't even begin to describe how dashing and debonair he looks.'
  6. 'Gentle and debonair in manners, he knows how to be a submissive husband and cater to the needs of his sweetheart.'
  7. 'He was charming, debonair, and a master of comedic timing.'
  8. 'Would the ladies of a Unionist persuasion prefer the younger impetuous rascal type as their representative or the more mature, debonair sophisticate?'
  9. 'He could not have looked more suave or debonair had he walked out of the window of a fashion house in Recoleta, the upmarket district of his hometown Buenos Aires.'
  10. 'More often than not, Michael Douglas is known for playing suave, debonair men.'



1. courteous, gracious, and having a sophisticated charm: a debonair gentleman.

2. jaunty; carefree; sprightly.

More examples(as adjective)

"people/places/organizations can be debonair."

"people can be debonair."

"spreads can be debonair."

"makes can be debonair."

"looks can be debonair."

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Middle English (in the sense ‘meek or courteous’): from Old French debonaire, from de bon aire ‘of good disposition’.