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é·lan

 (ā-läN′, ā-län′)
n.
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).]

élan

(eɪˈlɑːn; eɪˈlæn; French elɑ̃)
n
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]

é•lan

(eɪˈlɑn, eɪˈlɑ̃)

n.
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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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"
avidity, avidness, eagerness, keenness - a positive feeling of wanting to push ahead with something
2.elan - distinctive and stylish eleganceelan - 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"
sprightliness, liveliness, spirit, life - animation and energy in action or expression; "it was a heavy play and the actors tried in vain to give life to it"

élan

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.

élan

noun
A lively, emphatic, eager quality or manner:
Informal: ginger, pep, peppiness.
Slang: oomph.
Translations

élan

[eɪˈlɑːn, eɪˈlæn] N (liter) → elán m

élan

elan [eɪˈlɑːn] n (literary) (= panache) to do sth with elan → faire qch avec entrain

élan

nElan m
References in classic literature ?
Smith, two others, the hippopotamus, the giraffe, the bos caffer -- as large as a full-grown bull, and the elan -- but little less, two zebras, and the quaccha, two gnus, and several antelopes even larger than these latter animals.
If we take on the one side, the elephant, [7] hippopotamus, giraffe, bos caffer, elan, certainly three, and probably five species of rhinoceros; and on the American side, two tapirs, the guanaco, three deer, the vicuna, peccari, capybara (after which we must choose from the monkeys to complete the number), and then place these two groups alongside each other, it is not easy to conceive ranks more disproportionate in size.
Daim is the French for deer, and cerf for stag; elan is the true term, when one would speak of an elk.