from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Dash; verve.
  • n. A bunch of feathers or a plume, especially on a helmet.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An ornamental plume on a helmet.
  • n. Flamboyant, energetic style or action; dash; verve.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A plume or bunch of feathers, esp. such a bunch worn on the helmet; any military plume, or ornamental group of feathers.
  • n. A pleasingly flamboyant style or manner; flair{4}; verve.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In architecture, the triangular surface of a pendentive.
  • n. A plume as worn in a hat or helmet or in a woman's hair; especially, in medieval armor, a massive group of feathers set erect, often used as a heraldic bearing.
  • n. In zoology, a tuft, bunch, or cluster of hairs, feathers, or the like; a scopula; a panicle.
  • n. In astronomy, a tuft-like solar protuberance of eruption.

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

  • n. distinctive and stylish elegance
  • n. a feathered plume on a helmet


French, plume, verve, from Italian pinnacchio, plume, from Late Latin pinnāculum, diminutive of Latin pinna, feather, wing; see pet- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from French panache, from Middle French pennache ("plume of feathers"), from Italian pennacchio, from Latin pinnaculum. (Wiktionary)


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