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1. Enthusiastic vigor and liveliness.
2. Distinctive style or flair.
[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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élan(eɪˈlɑːn; eɪˈlæn; French elɑ̃)
a combination of style and vigour: he performed the concerto with élan.
[C19: from French, from élancer to throw forth, ultimately from Latin lancea lance]
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dash or vivacity; verve.
[1875–80; French, Middle French eslan a dash, rush, n. derivative of eslancer to dart =es- ex-1 + lancer to lance]
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|Noun||1.||elan - a feeling of strong eagerness (usually in favor of a person or cause); "they were imbued with a revolutionary ardor"; "he felt a kind of religious zeal"|
|2.||elan - distinctive and stylish elegance; "he wooed her with the confident dash of a cavalry officer"|
elegance - a refined quality of gracefulness and good taste; "she conveys an aura of elegance and gentility"
|3.||elan - enthusiastic and assured vigor and liveliness; "a performance of great elan and sophistication"|
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noun style, spirit, dash, flair, animation, vigour, verve, zest, panache, esprit, brio, vivacity, impetuosity The part was performed with élan by a promising young tenor.
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élan[eɪˈlɑːn, eɪˈlæn] N (liter) → elán m
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n → Elan m
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