[ flair ]
/ flɛər /


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

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 confused

flair flare
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British Dictionary definitions for flair (1 of 2)


/ (flɛə) /


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

British Dictionary definitions for flair (2 of 2)


/ (flIr) /


a Scot word for floor

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