from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A social blunder.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A blunder (especially used in social contexts); a misstep.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- A false step; a mistake or wrong measure
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A false step; a slip; a mistake; especially, a breach of good manners; a lapse from chastity, or any act that compromises one's reputation.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a socially awkward or tactless act
French : faux, false + pas, step.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the French phrase faux pas, of the same meaning; composed of faux, “false, wrong”, and pas, “step”. (Wiktionary)