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Apr 25, 2012
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Words from fencing

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foible
forte
elan
riposte
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elan

PRONUNCIATION:
(ay-LAHN*)
*this syllable is nasal in French

MEANING:
noun: A combination of energy, enthusiasm, and style.

ETYMOLOGY:
From French élan (enthusiasm), from élancer (to dart), from lancer (to throw), from Latin lancea (lance). Earliest documented use: 1880.

USAGE:
"'Margaret Whitlam was seldom afraid to speak her mind and she spoke it with elan and wit,' John Robertson said."
Labor Party Forever Indebted to Margaret Whitlam; AAP (Australia); Mar 17, 2012.

See more usage examples of elan in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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A morning-glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books. -Walt Whitman, poet (1819-1892)

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