Word of the Day Archive
Thursday February 3, 2011
1. Brilliance of success, reputation, etc.
2. Showy or elaborate display.
3. Acclamation; acclaim.
It was a great object with her to escape all enquiry or Ã©clat; 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
Eclat comes from the French eclat, "fragment, burst, splinter, flash," which relates to esclater, "to burst, break violently."