Definition of elan in English:

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Pronunciation: /āˈlän/ Pronunciation: /āˈlan/
(also élan)


Energy, style, and enthusiasm: a rousing march, played with great elan
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  • In much the same way Kathakali eclipses other dance forms by its grandeur, Koman shadows all other personae, even though they are woven in a style combining ease and elan.
  • Mr. Marcose has a robust voice, which he modulates with uncommon ease and elan.
  • In far off India, Gandhi's barefoot army took on the armed might of the British Empire with as much elan as Ethiopian armed forces defeated the Italians at Adowa in 1896.
flair, style, panache, confidence, dash, éclat;
energy, vigor, vitality, liveliness, brio, esprit, animation, vivacity, zest, verve, spirit, pep, sparkle, enthusiasm, gusto, eagerness, feeling, fire
informal pizzazz, zing, zip, vim, oomph


Mid 19th century: from French élan, from élancer 'to dart', from é- 'out' + lancer 'to throw'.

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Syllabification: e·lan

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