Definition of panache in English:

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Pronunciation: /pəˈnaSH/
Pronunciation: /pəˈnäSH/


1Flamboyant confidence of style or manner: he entertained Palm Springs society with great panache
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  • It is cute, astute, cerebral football, a mirror image of their studious manager though with an added dash of style and panache.
  • Flaws cannot be concealed by style and panache.
  • It just confirms what local men in the know have always stressed - Kerry women have few equals when it comes to style and panache.
flamboyance, confidence, self-assurance, style, flair, elan, dash, verve, zest, spirit, brio, éclat, vivacity, gusto, liveliness, vitality, energy
informal pizzazz, oomph, zip, zing
2 historical A tuft or plume of feathers, especially as a headdress or on a helmet.
Example sentences
  • This picture shows us how to wear a plumed helmet with a warrior's panache.
  • Made of a colorful lame fabric the crown is wrapped with brown velvet and adorned at the side with brown ostrich feather panache.


Mid 16th century: from French, from Italian pennacchio, from late Latin pinnaculum, diminutive of pinna 'feather'.

  • Soldiers in the 16th century would often wear a tuft or plume of feathers in their helmets. This tuft or plume was the original panache, a word that goes back to Latin pinnaculum ‘little feather’ from pinna ‘feather, wing, pointed peak’. Men trying to give an impression of elegance or swagger would imitate the fashion, whose stylish associations gave rise to the modern sense, ‘flamboyant confidence’, in the late 19th century. Pinnaculum is also the source of pinnacle (Middle English), and pinna of a bird's pinion (Late Middle English), and of pen and pin.

Words that rhyme with panache

abash, ash, Ashe, bash, brash, cache, calash, cash, clash, crash, dash, encash, flash, gnash, hash, lash, mash, Nash, pash, plash, rash, sash, slash, smash, soutache, splash, stash, thrash, trash

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Syllabification: pa·nache

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