[ey-lahn, ey-lan; French ey-lahn]
- dash; impetuous ardor: to dance with great élan.
Origin of élan
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The course of the aqueduct from Elan to Birmingham was marked by a thin red line.
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- a combination of style and vigourhe performed the concerto with élan
C19: from French, from élancer to throw forth, ultimately from Latin lancea lance
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Word Origin and History for elan
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