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au courant

up-to-date

coiffure

style of arranging the hair

raconteur

a person skilled at telling stories

entrepreneur

someone who organizes a business venture and assumes the risk for it

sobriquet

nickname

adieu

farewell

sangfroid

composure or coolness, especially in trying circumstances

foyer

entrance hall

rapport

close relationship; emotional closeness; harmony

cliche

a trite or obvious remark

elite

a group or class of persons enjoying superior intellectual or social or economic status

boutique

small shop specializing in fashionable clothes

tete-a-tete

private conversation between two persons

brochure

pamphlet

a la carte

a menu having individual dishes listed with separate prices

cul-de-sac

a blind ally or dead end street

rendezvous

a meeting planned at a certain time and place, OR a designated place where people will meet

carte blanche

full freedom or authority to act at one's own discretion

rapprochement

the reestablishing of cordial relations

liaison

a linking up; close bond

bagatelle

trifle

resume

a brief summary; a short written account of one's education, working experience, or qualifications for a job

legerdemain

sleight of hand; artful trick

faux pas

a slip in manners or conduct; a social blunder

connoisseur

an expert; one who is well qualified to pass critical judgments, especially in one of the fine arts

avant-garde

group of artists whose work is based on the newest ideas and methods

bete noire

something or someone particularly detested or avoided.

chef d'oeuvre

masterpiece in art, literature, etc.

cuisine

style of cooking or preparing food

debonair

pleasant, courteous, lighthearted; smooth and polished in manner and appearance

encore

an extra or repeated performance

facade

the face or front of a building, or of anything

malaise

a vague feeling of physical discomfort or uneasiness

mirage

optical illusion

par excellence

above all others of the same sort (follows the word it modifies)

precis

brief summary

premiere

first performance

regime

a government in power; a form or system of rule

riposte

a quick reply to a question or remark (especially a witty or critical one)

vogue

fashion; accepted style

gourmand

a person who is devoted to eating and drinking to excess

cravat

necktie

avoirdupois

weight; heaviness

souvenir

reminder; keepsake; memento

emigre

person who flees his or her country for political reasons

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