eclat

éclat

[ey-klah; French ey-kla]
noun
1.
brilliance of success, reputation, etc.: the éclat of a great achievement.
2.
showy or elaborate display: a performance of great éclat.
3.
acclamation; acclaim.

Origin:
1665–75; < French: splinter, fragment, burst, flash, brilliance, Old French esclat, noun derivative of esclater to burst, break violently, probably < Old Low Franconian *slaitan to split, break (compare Old High German sleizan to tear), a causative of Germanic *slitan; see slit

éclat, élan.
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éclat (eɪˈklɑː, French ekla)
 
n
1.  brilliant or conspicuous success, effect, etc
2.  showy display; ostentation
3.  social distinction
4.  approval; acclaim; applause
 
[C17: from French, from éclater to burst; related to Old French esclater to splinter, perhaps of Germanic origin; compare slit]

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eclat
1670s, "showy brilliance," from Fr. éclat "splinter, fragment" (12c.), also "flash of brilliance," from eclater "burst out, splinter," from O.Fr. esclater, of uncertain origin, perhaps from a W.Gmc. word related to slit or to O.H.G. sleizen "tear to pieces; to split,
cleave." Extended sense of "conspicuous success" is first recorded in English in 1741.
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