[ey-lahn, ey-lan; French ey-lahn]
dash; impetuous ardor: to dance with great élan.

1875–80; French, Middle French eslan a dash, rush, noun derivative of eslancer to dart, equivalent to es- ex-1 + lancer to lance1

éclat, élan.
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élan (eɪˈlɑːn, eɪˈlæn, French elɑ̃)
a combination of style and vigour: he performed the concerto with élan
[C19: from French, from élancer to throw forth, ultimately from Latin lancealance]

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Word Origin & History

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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Computing Dictionary

Elan definition

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

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Example sentences
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.
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