- brilliance of success, reputation, etc.: the éclat of a great achievement.
- showy or elaborate display: a performance of great éclat.
- acclamation; acclaim.
Origin of éclat
Examples from the Web for eclat
Well, when we are altogether, I expect my tea party will go off with eclat.Single Life
John Baldwin Buckstone
It was almost with a sense of eclat that she ushered him into the library.Mr. Achilles
They embellish, and have an eclat in their names, but do not come into collision.Table-Talk
My dear lady, it is worth anything if it will make you happy and add to the eclat of the wedding.Prince Hagen
The eclat of their reception, and the influence of the bribes, seemed to silence opposition to the scheme.Queen Elizabeth
- brilliant or conspicuous success, effect, etc
- showy display; ostentation
- social distinction
- approval; acclaim; applause
Word Origin and History for eclat
1670s, "showy brilliance," from French éclat "splinter, fragment" (12c.), also "flash of brilliance," from eclater "burst out, splinter," from Old French esclater "smash, shatter into pieces," of uncertain origin, perhaps from a West Germanic word related to slit or to Old High German sleizen "tear to pieces; to split, cleave." Extended sense of "conspicuous success" is first recorded in English in 1741.