Origin of flair
Examples from the Web for 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|Nico Hines|October 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She does not shy from a fight, and she has a flair for political theater to make Ted Cruz envious.
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|DAILY BEAST
And it bespeaks a confidence and flair not often attributed to the much-maligned candidate.
“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|David Rohde|November 26, 2011|DAILY BEAST
And she had by now developed a kind of flair in the woods, which was the astonishment of Captain Dell, himself no mean forester.Elizabeth's Campaign|Mrs. Humphrey Ward
In matters of personal appearance, however, Early Ann had a flair which the older woman lacked.Plowing On Sunday|Sterling North
You see, heart counts, and sympathy, and the flair for understanding.The Devil's Paw|E. Phillips Oppenheim
Nor had he undervalued her; he had suspected as much from the very first; connoisseur that he was, his flair had not deceived him.Nobody|Louis Joseph Vance
If his sense of form, his flair for fatalism, still persisted, ease was out of the question and no surrogate could serve.On the Stairs|Henry B. Fuller
British Dictionary definitions for flair (1 of 2)
- the scent left by quarry
- the sense of smell of a hound
Word Origin for flair
British Dictionary definitions for flair (2 of 2)
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.