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French Vocabulary

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Au courant
Well-informed; up to date
Blasé
Tired of pleasures; bored
Bourgeois
Having to do with the middle clas
Chic
Stylish
Clairvoyant
Clear sighted; unusually perceptive; discerning
Complaisant
Willing to please; obliging; amiable
Debonair
gracious; courteous; charming; suave
gauche
unskillful; clumsy
naive
Simple in nature; artless; ingenuous
nonchalant
without concern or enthusiasm; indifferent
Attaché
member of the diplomatic staff of an ambassador or minister
bourgeoisie
the middle class
chargé d'affaires
temporary substitute for an ambassador
concierge
doorkeeper; custodian; janitor
confrere
colleague; co-worker; comrade
connoisseur
expert; critical judge
coterie
Ser or circle or acquantintances; clique
ebutante
young woman who has just her debut (introduction into society)
devotee
zealous follwer; ardent adherent of something or someone; fan
elite
group of individuals thought to be superior; aristocracy; choice part
émigré
refugee; person who has fled from his or her native land because of political conditions
entourage
group of attendants, assistants or associates accompanying a person
entrepreneur
one who assumes the risks and management of a business
envoy
diplomatic agent of messenger
fiancé
person engaged to be married
gendarme
armed police officer, especially in France and other European countries
gourmand
person excessively fond of eating and drinking; glutton
gourmet
connoisseur in eating and drinking
ingenue
actress playing the role of a naive young woman; naive young woman
maitre d'hotel
headwaiter
martinet
person who enforces very strict discipline
nonpareil
person of unequalled excellence; paragon
nouveaux riches
persons newly rich
parvenu
person suddenly risen to wealth or power who lacks the proper social qualifications; upstart
protégé
someone taught, protected, or advanced by a person of experience or influence
raconteur
person who excels in telling stories, anecdotes, ect.
valey
manservant who attends to the personal needs of his employer, as by taking care of his clothes