- 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.
Origin of flair
Related Words for flairability, gift, taste, mastery, elegance, glamour, genius, aptitude, knack, shine, pizzazz, head, panache, bent, zip, presence, feel, accomplishment, aptness, dash
Examples from the Web for flair
Contemporary Examples of flair
“They are motivated by insecurity, fear, lack of imagination and above all, a lack of flair,” he said.Mike Leigh Is the Master Filmmaker Who Hates Hollywood
October 14, 2014
She does not shy from a fight, and she has a flair for political theater to make Ted Cruz envious.When Wendy Davis Was a Republican
January 24, 2014
Worn singularly or layered for a more dramatic effect, the thin metal bands evoke an ethnic sort of flair.First Knuckle Rings, Popular During the Renaissance, Return to Fashion
Misty White Sidell
January 31, 2013
And it bespeaks a confidence and flair not often attributed to the much-maligned candidate.Mitt's Sense of Humor, Ctd.
October 19, 2012
“He had a flair for the dramatic, to be sure, but it was for more than theatrics,” Clinton said.Richard Holbrooke's Last Mission in Afghanistan by David Rohde
November 26, 2011
Historical Examples of flair
There was a flair of vanity in Gaddon that dated back to his English ancestry.The Monster
S. M. Tenneshaw
You see, heart counts, and sympathy, and the flair for understanding.The Devil's Paw
E. Phillips Oppenheim
He has the flair of the dealer, not the perception of the amateur.Appearances
Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson
The Virginian flair for political life was thus early in evidence.Pioneers of the Old South
Now Isabelle had a flair for the odd, and she understood her own limitations and her own style.The Cricket
- natural ability; talent; aptitude
- instinctive discernment; perceptiveness
- stylishness or elegance; dashto dress with flair
- hunting rare
- the scent left by quarry
- the sense of smell of a hound
Word Origin for flair
- a Scot word for floor
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.