[ puh-nash, -nahsh ]
/ pəˈnæʃ, -ˈnɑʃ /


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.

Nearby words

  1. pan-pan,
  2. pan-slavism,
  3. pan-teutonism,
  4. pan.,
  5. panacea,
  6. panacinar emphysema,
  7. panada,
  8. panagglutinin,
  9. panagia,
  10. panaji

Origin of panache

1545–55; variant (after F) of pennache < Middle French < early Italian pennachio < Late Latin pinnāculum, diminutive of pinna wing; identical in form with pinnāculum pinnacle Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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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Word Origin and History for panache



1550s, "a tuft or plume of feathers," from Middle French pennache "tuft of feathers," from Italian pennaccio, from Late Latin pinnaculum "small wing, gable, peak" (see pinnacle). Figurative sense of "display, swagger" first recorded 1898 (in translation of "Cyrano de Bergerac"), from French.

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