je ne sais quoi
  • (British) IPA: /ˌʒə nə seɪ ˈkwɑː/
  • (America) IPA: /ˌʒə nə seɪ ˈkwɑ/
  • (emulating French) IPA: /ˌʒə n(ə) sɛ ˈkwɑː/

je ne sais quoi (uncountable)

  1. An indefinable quality that makes something distinctive or attractive.
    She has a certain je ne sais quoi about her.
    • 1894, George du Maurier, “Part Second”, in Trilby: A Novel, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers, OCLC 174215199 ↗, page 85 ↗:
      "Say, you others, I find that the Englishman has something of truly distinguished in the voice, something of sympathetic, of touching—something of je ne sais quoi!" Bouchardy: "Yes, yes—something of je ne sais quoi! That's the very phrase— [...]"

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