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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).]
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]
dash or vivacity; verve.
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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"|