a natural talent, aptitude, or ability; bent; knack: a flair for rhyming.
smartness of style, manner, etc.: Their window display has absolutely no flair at all. chic, dash, panache, verve; oomph, pizazz.
keen, intuitive perception or discernment: We want a casting director with a real flair for finding dramatic talent.
Hunting. scent; sense of smell.

1350–1400; Middle English < French, Old French: scent, noun derivative of flairier to reek ≪ Vulgar Latin *flāgrāre, dissimilated variant of Latin frāgrāre. See fragrant

flair, flare.
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flair1 (flɛə)
1.  natural ability; talent; aptitude
2.  instinctive discernment; perceptiveness
3.  stylishness or elegance; dash: to dress with flair
4.  rare hunting
 a.  the scent left by quarry
 b.  the sense of smell of a hound
[C19: from French, literally: sense of smell, from Old French: scent, from flairier to give off a smell, ultimately from Latin frāgrāre to smell sweet; see fragrant]

flair2 (flIr)
a Scot word for floor

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Word Origin & History

mid-14c., "an odor," from O.Fr. flair "odor or scent," from flairer "to smell," from L.L. fragrare "emit (a sweet) odor" (see fragrant), with shift of -r- to -l- by dissimilation. Sense of "special aptitude" is Amer.Eng. 1925, perhaps from notion of a hound's ability to track scent.
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