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Definition of elan noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

elan

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//eɪˈlɒ̃//
 
, BrE//eɪˈlæn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//eɪˈlɑ̃ː//
 
[uncountable] (from French, literary)
 
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great enthusiasm and energy, style and confidence She performed with skill and elan. Word Origin mid 19th cent.: from French élan, from élancer ‘to dart’, from é- ‘out’ + lancer ‘to throw’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: elan