[ ey-klah; French ey-kla ]
/ eɪˈklɑ; French eɪˈkla /


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

1665–75; < French: splinter, fragment, burst, flash, brilliance, Old French esclat, noun derivative of esclater to burst, break violently, probably < Old Low Franconian *slaitan to split, break (compare Old High German sleizan to tear), a causative of Germanic *slitan; see slit
Can be confusedéclat élan
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British Dictionary definitions for eclat


/ (eɪˈklɑː, French ekla) /


brilliant or conspicuous success, effect, etc
showy display; ostentation
social distinction
approval; acclaim; applause

Word Origin for éclat

C17: from French, from éclater to burst; related to Old French esclater to splinter, perhaps of Germanic origin; compare slit
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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.

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