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  1. a natural talent, aptitude, or ability; bent; knack: a flair for rhyming.
  2. smartness of style, manner, etc.: Their window display has absolutely no flair at all.
  3. keen, intuitive perception or discernment: We want a casting director with a real flair for finding dramatic talent.
  4. Hunting. scent; sense of smell.
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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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Related Words for flair

ability, gift, taste, mastery, elegance, glamour, genius, aptitude, knack, shine, pizzazz, head, panache, bent, zip, presence, feel, accomplishment, aptness, dash

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Contemporary Examples of flair

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.


    Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson

  • The Virginian flair for political life was thus early in evidence.

  • Now Isabelle had a flair for the odd, and she understood her own limitations and her own style.

    The Cricket

    Marjorie Cooke

British Dictionary definitions for flair


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


  1. 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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