Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A natural talent or aptitude; a knack.
  • noun Instinctive discernment; keenness.
  • noun Distinctive elegance or style.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Odor; smell.
  • noun In hunting, scent; sense of smell: used figuratively in the extract.
  • An obsolete spelling of flare.
  • noun Scent; the critical sense in art and literature.
  • noun The skate, Raia batis.
  • noun Same as fiery-flare.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete Smell; odor.
  • noun Sense of smell; scent; fig., discriminating sense.
  • noun A talent or ability, expecially an intuitive one that makes performance of a task appear easy; an intuitive appreciation; a knack.
  • noun An attractive way of performing a task; style.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A natural or innate talent or aptitude; a knack.
  • noun Distinctive style or elegance; panache or elan.

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

  • noun distinctive and stylish elegance
  • noun a shape that spreads outward
  • noun a natural talent

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, fragrance, from Old French, from flairer, to scent, from Late Latin flāgrāre, alteration of Latin frāgrāre, to emit an odor.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English, from Old French flair ("scent, odour"), from flairier ("to reek, smell"), from Vulgar Latin *flāgrō, dissimilated variation of Latin frāgrō ("emit a sweet smell", v). More at fragrant.

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