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Below you will find the definition of debonair, followed by 35 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(adjective) - having a cheerful, lively, and self-confident air
EXAMPLES - Debonair in a Sentence
- Think of the debonair former Gucci designer Tom Ford. (source)
- LALAMA: That charming, debonair man is now a murder suspect. (source)
- He's young and handsome and debonair but he also seems to be a great guy. (source)
- The term debonair was indeed coined for Powell, and Lombard makes for an adorable ditz. (source)
- The term "debonair" must have been coined for Powell, and Lombard makes for an adorable ditz. (source)
- For example, he might turn into something like an extremely ruthless but debonair hitman or something. (source)
- As I said before, with your "debonair" pose and that flower in your lapel, you look a little limp wristed. (source)
- Ricardo Montalban was perhaps best known as the debonair Mr. Roarke on the popular TV-show "Fantasy Island." (source)
- In 1911, the San Francisco Symphony gave its inaugural concert under a debonair Boston Brahmin named Henry Hadley. (source)
- Aiding her in this goal was the debonair Ward McAllister, a member of a prominent Savannah family and a man-about-town. (source)
- Second son, Jack, smart, handsome and debonair, was president for two years, ten months, and two days before his assassination. (source)
- In Vermeer's "Officer and Laughing Girl" (around 1658), a young man in a debonair hat made from beaver fur courts a smiling lady. (source)
- In the decades following Mr. Fleming's fatal heart attack, his family trust has commissioned 22 new books about the debonair British spy. (source)
- The cabbages, on the other hand, are looking downright debonair, especially Red Acre and the heat-tolerant Savoy, with its crinkled leaves. (source)
- Among them is the debonair Harold Smith, who tried to crack the Gardner case for years and whose files, after his death, aid Mr. Boser's investigation. (source)
- Replacements were soon enlisted to support debonair frontman Morris Day and the remaining members: Jellybean Johnson, Monte Moir, Jerome Benton and Jesse Johnson. (source)
- Agnes is said of agna a lamb, for she was humble and debonair as a lamb, or of agnos in Greek, which is to say debonair and piteous, for she was debonair and merciful. (source)
- The debonair, indeed, often shows itself to best advantage amid the dreariness and conformity that are the counterparts of war, dictatorship, and other serious matters. (source)
- Unless you've been avoiding both TV and the Internet for the last few months, you've undoubtedly seen Old Spice's hilariously viral commercials featuring the debonair ... (source)
- Versions came from Denmark, Tokyo and Norway; the last, by Saunders Architecture, "FLW in His Element," features a debonair Wright overseeing an Eden of redwoods and moss. (source)
- Ten days after arriving in Bern, he was introduced to Gero, the handsome and debonair son of Gerhart von Schulze-Gaevernitz, his friend from Berlin twenty-two years earlier. (source)
- In any event, it's absurd to posit the publicity-whory Glenn Reynolds and Eschaton's debonair Duncan Black (whose name is on his blog -- some anonymity!) as murky figures of menace. (source)
- Unless you've been avoiding both TV and the Internet for the last few months, you've undoubtedly seen Old Spice's hilariously viral commercials featuring the debonair Mr. Isaiah Mustafa. (source)
- Shattering the stereotype of the staid Japanese executive, the debonair Ohga was never shy, his hair neatly slicked back, his boisterous manner exuding the fiery yet naive air of an artist. (source)
- This, of course, is the opening scene of the 1981 movie Raiders of the Lost Ark, whose debonair and strong-armed American archaeologist is Henry "Indiana" Jones Jr., played by Harrison Ford. (source)
- Mention "Strangers on a Train" to suspense buffs and you'll likely evoke memories of Alfred Hitchcock's 1951 thriller about a celebrity athlete who fends off a debonair psychopath who's trying to frame him. (source)
- The iconic James Bond image of a suave, debonair playboy who can transform himself into a fearless warrior at a moment's notice in defense of flag and country is permanently carved in our collective psyches. (source)
- I like to call him the Mayor of Mayfair because there are more restaurants in Mayfair that have been scooped up by this handsome and debonair man who started out in the "schmata business," Yiddish for the rag trade. (source)
- Chris O'Dell's defining moment took place one night in early 1968 when a friend urged her to meet him at a restaurant in L.A. where he was having drinks with the dashing, debonair Derek Taylor, the Beatles 'press officer. (source)
- So, around 9pm, just me, Anthony and Andy, three suave and debonair little Brooklyn-ite rock band snobs, began our ritual trek by getting on the Lexington Ave IRT train at Boro Hall and headed to Astor Place in the East Village. (source)
- Tall, trim and debonair, with rimless glasses and waves of silver hair, Hinton has a reputation for being level-headed and insightful, and has won praise for balancing out some of the stormier personalities within the Murdoch empire. (source)
- Gay Talese's childhood memoir begins with Gay as a little boy who is heartbreakingly debonair in his hand-tailored suits and miniature snap-brim hats made by his father, Joseph clothing that earns him teasing from his tough Irish classmates. (source)
- Possessed of the most masterful footwork ever to grace a vaudeville stage or a Hollywood back lot, the debonair Astaire, who would later make Ginger Rogers his ballroom alter ego, was a staple in a magazine that revered the top hat and the tux. (source)
- In 1923, Steichen was offered the job as chief photographer of the two publications at a pivotal lunch at the famous Delmonico's; picking up the check were debonair Conde Montrose Nast, publisher of both magazines, and the urbane Frank Crowninshield, editor of Vanity Fair. (source)
- But the first two acts belong mainly to those two, and at least here they are beautifully sung: Lativan tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko has a big, barrel-chested voice well-suited to the tempestuous Otello, and Italian baritone Lucio Gallo cuts a fine figure as Iago, almost debonair enough to belie his nasty nature, even as he delivers his evil "Credo" alone in front of the curtain. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 35 example sentences provided below is 52.0, which suggests that "debonair" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 18 synonyms for debonair.
affable, buoyant, casual, cheerful, courteous, dashing, detached, happy, jaunty, lighthearted, nonchalant, pleasant, refined, smooth, sprightly, suave, urbane, well-bred
We have 6 antonyms for debonair.
awkward, clumsy, inelegant, uncharming, undebonair, unsophisticated
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of debonair from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (adjective) Suave; urbane.
- (adjective) Affable; genial.
- (adjective) Carefree and gay; jaunty.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (adjective) Gracious, courteous.
- (adjective) Suave, urbane and sophisticated.
- (adjective) Charming, confident and carefully dressed.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (adjective) Characterized by courteousness, affability, or gentleness; of good appearance and manners; graceful; complaisant.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) Of gentle mien; of pleasant manners; courteous; affable; attractive; gay; light-hearted.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (adjective) having a cheerful, lively, and self-confident air
- (adjective) having a sophisticated charm