panache

To have panache is to have a stylish flair. You might wear your giant polka-dotted scarf with great panache.

Panache comes from the Latin word pinnaculum, which means “small wing” or “tuft of feathers.” When you decorate yourself with a flourish, have an elegant appearance, or do something with style, you are said to have panache. You might wear your beret with new-found panache. Your aunt Milly may throw a party with unmatched panache. Or your brother's ability to turn a phrase may show an uncommon panache.

Definitions of panache
  1. noun
    distinctive and stylish elegance
    synonyms: dash, elan, flair, style
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    type of:
    elegance
    a refined quality of gracefulness and good taste
  2. noun
    a feathered plume on a helmet
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    type of:
    plume
    a feather or cluster of feathers worn as an ornament
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