Elan is a simple sounding word that means liveliness, flash and panache. So if your dance moves have elan, you're feeling the groove with exceptional style and vigor.

Elan comes from a French word meaning "to dart," and is often spelled élan. Someone with elan can be said to dart around with enthusiasm and a unique flair. Music or art can have elan, and so can someone's wardrobe. Elan can also mean zeal or eagerness in favor of a person or cause. So don't let this boring sounding noun fool you. Elan has a lot of pizazz up its sleeve.

Definitions of elan

n enthusiastic and assured vigor and liveliness

“a performance of great elan and sophistication”
Type of:
life, liveliness, spirit, sprightliness
animation and energy in action or expression

n a feeling of strong eagerness (usually in favor of a person or cause)

ardor, ardour, zeal
Type of:
avidity, avidness, eagerness, keenness
a positive feeling of wanting to push ahead with something

n distinctive and stylish elegance

dash, flair, panache, style
Type of:
a refined quality of gracefulness and good taste

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