- a grand or flamboyant manner; verve; style; flair: The actor who would play Cyrano must have panache.
- an ornamental plume of feathers, tassels, or the like, especially one worn on a helmet or cap.
- Architecture. the surface of a pendentive.
Origin of panache
Examples from the Web for panache
Its young front line ran hard at the Azzurri, harrying hardened defenders with speed and, yes, panache.The Group of Life
June 15, 2014
The clothes were hideous and without an ounce of panache or style between them.The Horror! The Horror! Rihanna's Porny Debut At #LFW
February 16, 2013
He had the best answer, he had it first, and he delivered it with panache.A Kiss Goodbye to Richard Dawson
June 4, 2012
There was no Bondian panache to my “struggle to find new meaning and purpose,” no hand-to-hand combat with Halle Berry.
But there was no Bondian panache to my "struggle to find new meaning and purpose," no hand-to-hand combat with Halle Berry.
Panache d'Orlans, flesh, striped with rose and purple, distinct.The Book of Roses
Now, what is this panache upon which "Cyrano" sets such a high value?
The representative of the panache among them was essentially Murat.
Thereupon he arose, and transferred the panache from his head to Hualpas.The Fair God
Where two colors are used they are panache; if three, they are neapolitan.The Century Cook Book
- a dashing manner; style; swaggerhe rides with panache
- a feathered plume on a helmet
Word Origin and History for panache
1550s, "a tuft or plume of feathers," from Middle French pennache "tuft of feathers," from Italian pennaccio, from Late Latin pinnaculum "small wing, gable, peak" (see pinnacle). Figurative sense of "display, swagger" first recorded 1898 (in translation of "Cyrano de Bergerac"), from French.