from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun Enthusiastic vigor and liveliness.
- noun Distinctive style or flair.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Ardor inspired by enthusiasm, passion, or the like; dash.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun Ardor inspired by passion or enthusiasm.
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Spirit, zeal, ardor.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun a feeling of strong eagerness (usually in favor of a person or cause)
- noun enthusiastic and assured vigor and liveliness
- noun distinctive and stylish elegance
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[French, from Old French eslan, rush, from eslancer, to hurl : es-, out (from Latin ex-; see ex–) + lancer, to throw (from Late Latin lanceāre, to throw a lance, from Latin lancea, lance).]
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Borrowing from French élan.
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dimã©lion commented on the word élan
(n): energy, style, and enthusiasm.
November 15, 2008
100000232338334 commented on the word élan
Eric drove with great zest and elan--and the recklessness of someone extremely hard to kill. -Charlaine Harris, Living Dead in Dallas
December 11, 2010