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[flair] /flɛər/
a natural talent, aptitude, or ability; bent; knack:
a flair for rhyming.
smartness of style, manner, etc.:
Their window display has absolutely no flair at all.
Synonyms: chic, dash, panache, verve; oomph, pizazz.
keen, intuitive perception or discernment:
We want a casting director with a real flair for finding dramatic talent.
Hunting. scent; sense of smell.
Origin of flair
1350-1400; Middle English < French, Old French: scent, noun derivative of flairier to reek ≪ Vulgar Latin *flāgrāre, dissimilated variant of Latin frāgrāre. See fragrant
Can be confused
flair, flare. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • His flair was for the championship and interpretation of the "new" men.

    Turns about Town Robert Cortes Holliday
  • Now Isabelle had a flair for the odd, and she understood her own limitations and her own style.

    The Cricket Marjorie Cooke
  • Mrs. Forrester had a flair for genius and needed no popular accrediting to make it manifest to her.

    Tante Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • He knew that she had writing talent and a flair for tracking down a story.

    Whispering Walls Mildred A. Wirt
  • In matters of personal appearance, however, Early Ann had a flair which the older woman lacked.

    Plowing On Sunday Sterling North
British Dictionary definitions for flair


natural ability; talent; aptitude
instinctive discernment; perceptiveness
stylishness or elegance; dash: to dress with flair
(hunting, rare)
  1. the scent left by quarry
  2. the sense of smell of a hound
Word Origin
C19: from French, literally: sense of smell, from Old French: scent, from flairier to give off a smell, ultimately from Latin frāgrāre to smell sweet; see fragrant


a Scot word for floor
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for flair

mid-14c., "an odor," from Old French flair "odor or scent," from flairer "to smell," from Vulgar Latin *flagrare, dissimilated from Latin fragrare "emit (a sweet) odor" (see fragrant). Sense of "special aptitude" is American English, 1925, perhaps from notion of a hound's ability to track scent.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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