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concierge n

hotel employee, doorman

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connoisseur n

expert, critical judge

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debutante n

young woman who has made debut to society

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envoy n

diplomatic agent or messanger

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gourmand n

person excessively fond of eating and drinking

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protege n

someone taught,protected, or advanced by a person of experience or influence

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blase adj

tired of pleasures, bored

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bourgeois adj

having to do with middle class/concerned with petty, materialistic interests

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clairvoyant adj

clear-sighted, able to perceive matters beyond ordinary senses

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debonair adj

gracious, courteous

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aplomb n

absolute confidence in oneself

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ennui n

feeling of weariness and discomfort, boredom

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finesse n

skill in handling a difficult situation

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malaise n

vague feeling of bodily discomfort or illness

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rapport n

relationship characterized by harmony

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entre nous adv

between us, confidentially

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tete-a-tete n

private conversation between 2 people

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carte blanche n

freedom to use one's own judgement

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debacle n

collapse, disaster, fiasco

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faux pas n

misstep/blunder in conduct, manners or speech

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impasse n

deadlock, stalemate

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liaison n

communication, cooperation in a close-working relationship

person who establishes this connection

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melange n

mixture, medley

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mirage n

optical illusion

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coup d etat n

sudden, violent overthrow of government

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laissez-faire n

doctrine opposing interference by government

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regime n

system of gov.rule/ a planned way of doing things

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avant garde n or adj

new and unusual or experimental ideas/innovators in any art

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denouement n

solution of a complex situation, outcome, end

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vignette n

short literary description, small illustrative sketch