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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