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Thursday, February 03, 2011

eclat

\ey-KLAH\ , noun;
1.
Brilliance of success, reputation, etc.
2.
Showy or elaborate display.
3.
Acclamation; acclaim.
Quotes:
It was a great object with her to escape all enquiry or éclat; but it was her intention to be as decidedly cool to him as might be compatible with their relationship ; and to retrace, as quietly as she could, the few steps of unnecessary intimacy she had been gradually led along.
-- Jane Austen, Northanger abbey: A novel
Aimee's Bistro combines Parisian eclat with contemporary California beach chic in this well- established bistro.
-- Los Angeles Magazine, June, 2004
Origin:
Eclat comes from the French eclat, "fragment, burst, splinter, flash," which relates to esclater, "to burst, break violently."
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