[puh-nash, -nahsh]
a grand or flamboyant manner; verve; style; flair: The actor who would play Cyrano must have panache.
an ornamental plume of feathers, tassels, or the like, especially one worn on a helmet or cap.
Architecture. the surface of a pendentive.

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 Unabridged
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panache (pəˈnæʃ, -ˈnɑːʃ)
1.  a dashing manner; style; swagger: he rides with panache
2.  a feathered plume on a helmet
[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 & History

1553, "a tuft or plume of feathers," from M.Fr. pennache "tuft of feathers," from It. pennaccio, from L.L. pinnaculum "small wing, gable, peak" (see pinnacle). Fig. sense of "display, swagger" first recorded 1898 (in translation of "Cyrano de Bergerac"), from French.
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Example sentences
The well-trod message is delivered with panache and abundant sweetness.
Few invasive species play their threatening parts with as much panache as the
  northern snakehead.
Only his recipes in the new issue show a certain lack of panache.
Executed with panache, these familiar elements only add to the overall thrill.
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