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élan

[ey-lahn, ey-lan; French ey-lahn] /eɪˈlɑn, eɪˈlæn; French eɪˈlɑ̃/
noun
1.
dash; impetuous ardor:
to dance with great élan.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80; French, Middle French eslan a dash, rush, noun derivative of eslancer to dart, equivalent to es- ex-1 + lancer to lance1
Can be confused
éclat, élan.
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Examples for elan
  • Informational panels tackle topics such as reproduction and conservation with elan.
  • He made it his business to know all the celebrities and collectors by name, and he handled crowds with the elan of a diplomat.
British Dictionary definitions for elan

élan

/eɪˈlɑːn; eɪˈlæn; French elɑ̃/
noun
1.
a combination of style and vigour he performed the concerto with élan
Word Origin
C19: from French, from élancer to throw forth, ultimately from Latin lancealance
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Word Origin and History for elan
elan
1877, from Fr. élan (16c.), noun derived from élancer "to rush, dart," from O.Fr. elancer, from e- "out" + lancer "to throw a lance," from L.L. lanceare, from L. lancea "lance."
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elan in Technology


["Top-down Programming with Elan", C.H.A. Koster, Ellis Horwood 1987].

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