élan

[ ey-lahn, ey-lan; French ey-lahn ]
/ eɪˈlɑn, eɪˈlæn; French eɪˈlɑ̃ /

noun

dash; impetuous ardor: to dance with great élan.

Nearby words

  1. écu,
  2. écurie,
  3. édhessa,
  4. égalité,
  5. égalité, philippe,
  6. élan vital,
  7. élancé,
  8. élisabethville,
  9. éluard,
  10. éluard, paul

Origin of élan

1875–80; French, Middle French eslan a dash, rush, noun derivative of eslancer to dart, equivalent to es- ex-1 + lancer to lance1

Can be confusedéclat élan

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British Dictionary definitions for elan

élan

/ (eɪˈlɑːn, eɪˈlæn, French elɑ̃) /

noun

a combination of style and vigourhe performed the concerto with élan

Word Origin for élan

C19: from French, from élancer to throw forth, ultimately from Latin lancea lance

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Word Origin and History for elan

elan

n.

1877, from French élan (16c.), "spring, bound, impetus," noun derived from élancer "to rush, dart," from Old French elancer, from e- "out" (see ex-) + lancer "to throw," originally "to throw a lance," from Late Latin lanceare, from Latin lancea (see lance (n.)).

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