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.
keen, intuitive perception or discernment: We want a casting director with a real flair for finding dramatic talent.
Hunting. scent; sense of smell.

Nearby words

  1. flaherty,
  2. flaherty, robert joseph,
  3. flail,
  4. flail chest,
  5. flail joint,
  6. flak,
  7. flak jacket,
  8. flak suit,
  9. flake,
  10. flake out

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 confusedflair flare

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British Dictionary definitions for flair




natural ability; talent; aptitude
instinctive discernment; perceptiveness
stylishness or elegance; dashto dress with flair
hunting rare
  1. the scent left by quarry
  2. the sense of smell of a hound

Word Origin for flair

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
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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.

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