Etymology
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elan (n.)

"vivacity," 1877, from French élan (16c.), "spring, bound, impetus," noun derived from élancer "to shoot, incite" (trans.); "rush forward, dart" (intrans.), from Old French elancer, from e- "out" (see ex-) + lancer "to throw," originally "to throw a lance," from Late Latin lanceare, from Latin lancea (see lance (n.)).

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Definitions of elan

elan (n.)
a feeling of strong eagerness (usually in favor of a person or cause);
Synonyms: ardor / ardour / zeal
elan (n.)
distinctive and stylish elegance;
Synonyms: dash / flair / panache / style
elan (n.)
enthusiastic and assured vigor and liveliness;
a performance of great elan and sophistication
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