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
  1. noun
    enthusiastic and assured vigor and liveliness
    “a performance of great elan and sophistication”
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    life, liveliness, spirit, sprightliness
    animation and energy in action or expression
  2. noun
    a feeling of strong eagerness (usually in favor of a person or cause)
    synonyms: ardor, ardour, zeal
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    avidity, avidness, eagerness, keenness
    a positive feeling of wanting to push ahead with something
  3. noun
    distinctive and stylish elegance
    synonyms: dash, flair, panache, style
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    a refined quality of gracefulness and good taste
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