Definitions

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  • n. Alternative spelling of éclat. (brilliance of success or effort; splendor; brilliant show; striking effect; glory; renown.)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Brilliancy of success or effort; splendor; brilliant show; striking effect; glory; renown.
  • n. Demonstration of admiration and approbation; applause.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. brilliant or conspicuous success or effect
  • n. enthusiastic approval
  • n. ceremonial elegance and splendor

Etymologies

Borrowed from French, éclat. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In one sense, to be sure, pigeons and ring-doves could not dance but with 'eclat' -- 'a claw? '

    Literary Remains, Volume 2

  • As for things I can’t live without …. mac eye shadows and lip gloss .. touche eclat is a must for the ‘ol under eye bags .. and I always keep tea tree oil handy for spots.

    The Beauty Products I can’t live without « Bored Mommy

  • I had not passed with the "eclat" my tutor prophesied; but, I contrived to get numbered amongst those fortunate six who secured their appointments out of the entire sixty that competed.

    She and I, Volume 2 A Love Story. A Life History.

  • He set forth with much 'eclat' and a little innocent posturing and ritual, in which a cornet and a violin figured, together with a farewell oration by the Cure.

    The Money Master, Volume 1.

  • Every one was eager to get a sight of the young hero whose career had commenced with so much 'eclat'.

    The Memoirs of Napoleon

  • She will expect to meet with all the good-breeding and delicacy that she brings; and as she is past the glare and 'eclat' of youth, may be the more willing to listen to your story, if you tell it well.

    Letters to His Son on the Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman, 1751

  • 'eclat' it will give you, when you return here, to be allowed to be the best scholar, for a gentleman, in England; not to mention the real pleasure and solid comfort which such knowledge will give you throughout your whole life.

    Letters to His Son on the Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman, 1748

  • A synchronized swimmer in her youth, she works hard to stay fit and has paid tribute to her mother for teaching her to present herself with classic French eclat.

    The Untapped Power of Erotic Capital

  • Brigish has managed to avoid this trap with the commendable restraint of his presentation, a desire to share his observations without fanfare or eclat.

    Breathing in the Buddha

  • As soon as the bacon was well under way, and Millie, her lymphatic aid, had been brisked up a bit by a few deftly chosen expressions of contempt, she carried the cloth, plates, and glasses into the parlour and began to lay them with the utmost eclat.

    The Invisible Man

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