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Ch. 8 Review- French Words

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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