from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Great brilliance, as of performance or achievement.
- n. Conspicuous success.
- n. Great acclamation or applause.
- n. Archaic Notoriety; scandal.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A brilliant or successful effect; brilliance of success or effort; splendor; brilliant show; striking effect; glory; renown.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A burst, as of applause; acclamation; approbation: as, his speech was received with great éclat.
- n. Brilliant effect; brilliancy of success; splendor; magnificence: as, the éclat of a great achievement.
- n. Renown; glory.
French, brilliance, from Old French esclat, splinter, from esclater, to burst out, splinter, probably of Germanic origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French, from éclater ("to burst out"), from Middle French esclater ("to break, break violently"), from Old French esclater ("to separate from, sunder out") (deverbal also in Old French: esclat), from Frankish *slaitan (“to split, break”), from Proto-Germanic *slaitijanan, causative of Proto-Germanic *slītanan (“to cut up, split”). Akin to Old High German sleizan ("to tear"), Old English slītan ("to split"). More at slice, slit. (Wiktionary)