[ puh-nash, -nahsh ]
/ pəˈnæʃ, -ˈnɑʃ /
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a grand or flamboyant manner; verve; style; flair: The actor who would play Cyrano must have panache.
an ornamental plume of feathers, tassels, or the like, especially one worn on a helmet or cap.
Architecture. the surface of a pendentive.



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Origin of panache

First recorded in 1545–55; variant (after French ) of pennache, from Middle French, from early Italian pennachio, from Late Latin pinnāculum, diminutive of pinna “wing”; identical in form with pinnāculum “roof gable, peak”; see pinnacle
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British Dictionary definitions for panache

/ (pəˈnæʃ, -ˈnɑːʃ) /


a dashing manner; style; swaggerhe rides with panache
a feathered plume on a helmet

Word Origin for panache

C16: via French from Old Italian pennacchio, from Late Latin pinnāculum feather, from Latin pinna feather; compare Latin pinnāculum pinnacle
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