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Noun: elan  ey'lan or e'lan or ey'loÑ
  1. A feeling of strong eagerness (usually in favour of a person or cause)
    - ardor [US], ardour [Brit, Cdn], zeal, élan
     
  2. Distinctive and stylish elegance
    "he wooed her with the confident elan of a cavalry officer";
    - dash, flair, panache, style, élan
     
  3. Enthusiastic and assured vigour and liveliness
    "a performance of great elan and sophistication";
    - élan

Derived forms: elans

Type of: avidity, avidness, eagerness, elegance, elegancy [archaic], keenness, life, liveliness, spirit, sprightliness

Encyclopedia: Elan, Ardennes