English II Pre AP French Words 1-5

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au courant

well informed, up to date

blase

tired of pleasures, bored

chic

stylish

debonair

courteous, gracious, charming

maladroit

unskillful, clumsy

naive

simple in nature, artless, ingenious

nonchalant

without concern or enthusiasm, indifferent

attache

member of the diplomatic staff of an ambassador or minister

bourgeoisie

the middle class

charge d'affaires

temporary substitute for an ambassador

confrere

colleague

connoisseur

expert, critical judge

coterie

set or circle of acquaintances, clique

debutante

girl who has just had her debut

devotee

ardent adherent, partisan

elite

group of superior individuals, aristocracy, choice part

emigre

refugee, person who has fled from their native land because of political conditions

entrepreneur

one who assumes the risks and management of a business

envoy

diplomatic agent or messenger

fiance

a person engaged to be married

gendarme

armed police officer, especially in France and other European countries

gourmand

person excessively fond of eating and drinking

gourmet

connoisseur in eating and drinking

ingenue

actress playing the role of a naive young woman

maitre d'hotel

headwaiter

martinet

person who enforces very strict discipline

nouveaux riches

persons newly rich

parvenu

person suddenly risen to wealth or power who lacks the proper social qualifications

protege

person under the care and protection of another

raconteur

person who excels in telling stories, anecdotes, etc.

valet

manservant who attends to the personal needs of his employer, as by taking care of his employer's clothes

eclat

brilliancy of achievement

elan

enthusiasm, eagerness for action

ennui

feeling of weariness and discontent, boredom

esprit de corps

feeling of union and common interest pervading a group, devotion to a group or to its ideals

finesse

skill

legerdemain

sleight of hand, artful trick

malaise

vague feeling of bodily discomfort or illness

noblesse oblige

principle that persons of high rank or birth are obliged to act nobly

rapport

relationship characterized by harmony, conformity, or affinity

sangfroid

coolness of mind or composure in difficult circumstances

savoir faire

knowledge of just what to do; tact

adieu

goodbye

au revoir

until we meet again

billet-doux

love letter

bon mot

clever saying, witty

brochure

pamphlet

canard

false rumor

cliche

trite or worn out expression

entre nous

between us, confidentially

mot juste

the exactly right word

precis

brief summary

repartee

skill of replying quickly, cleverly, and humorously; witty reply

resume

summary

riposte

quick retort or repartee, a quick return thrust after a parry in fencing

tete-a-tete

private conversation between two persons

bete noire

object or person dreaded

carte blanche

full discretionary power, freedom to use one's own judgement

cause celebre

famous case in law that arouses considerable interest, an incident or situation attracting much attention

cul-de-sac

blind alley

debacle

collapse, overthrow, rout

fait accompli

thing already done

faux pas

misstep or blunder in conduct, manners, speech, etc

impasse

deadlock, predicament affording no escape

liaison

bond, linking up, coordination of activities

melange

mixture, medley

mirage

optical illusion

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