Definition of faux pas noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


faux pas

BrE BrE//ˌfəʊ ˈpɑː//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌfoʊ ˈpɑː//
(pl. faux pas
BrE BrE//ˌfəʊ ˈpɑːz//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌfoʊ ˈpɑːz//
(from French)
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an action or a remark that causes embarrassment because it is not socially correct I committed a faux pas that my friends have never let me forget. Word OriginFrench, literally ‘false step’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: faux pas