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Part of speech: adjective

Origin: French, 17th century


Clever or skillful in using the hands or mind.

Examples of Adroit in a sentence

"When the wedding caterer canceled at the last minute, the adroit mother of the bride quickly organized a replacement."

"The adroit chef was a wonder to watch while he worked."

About Adroit

"Adroit" is borrowed directly from French. In French, "à droit" is literally translated as "according to the right" or "properly."

Did you Know?

"Adroit" can refer to both physical and mental dexterity; either way, it describes something as quick and skillful. An adroit researcher might come up with the perfect solution to a vexing problem, or an adroit dancer might show off ease of movement. The adverb "adroitly" describes something done in an adroit manner.

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