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panache

[puh-nash, -nahsh] /pəˈnæʃ, -ˈnɑʃ/
noun
1.
a grand or flamboyant manner; verve; style; flair:
The actor who would play Cyrano must have panache.
2.
an ornamental plume of feathers, tassels, or the like, especially one worn on a helmet or cap.
3.
Architecture. the surface of a pendentive.
Origin
early Italian
1545-1555
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
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British Dictionary definitions for pan-ache

panache

/pəˈnæʃ; -ˈnɑːʃ/
noun
1.
a dashing manner; style; swagger: he rides with panache
2.
a feathered plume on a helmet
Word Origin
C16: via French from Old Italian pennacchio, from Late Latin pinnāculum feather, from Latin pinna feather; compare Latin pinnāculumpinnacle
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Word Origin and History for pan-ache

panache

n.

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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