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éclat

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

brilliance of success, reputation, etc.: the éclat of a great achievement.
showy or elaborate display: a performance of great éclat.
acclamation; acclaim.

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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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH éclat

éclat , élan
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British Dictionary definitions for éclat

éclat
/ (eɪˈklɑː, French ekla) /

noun

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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