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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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Examples for panache
  • 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.
  • To stay in tune with fall's sophisticated look, ditch the pop-culture panache and pair skinny jeans with voluminous tops.
  • But I guess he figures that if you're going to shovel it, you might as well shovel with panache.
  • She was a singer of rare quality and panache—and of expressionist costume.
  • It offers as much panache and performance as those do with fewer privations, at sometimes-lower prices.
  • These collaborators pull off a fresh and playful idea with panache.
  • Ronaldo's fourth-minute goal was taken with typical panache.
British Dictionary definitions for panache

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 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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