Flair



[flair] /flɛər/

noun
1.
a natural talent, aptitude, or ability; bent; knack:
a flair for rhyming.
2.
smartness of style, manner, etc.:
Their window display has absolutely no flair at all.
Synonyms: chic, dash, panache, verve; oomph, pizazz.
3.
keen, intuitive perception or discernment:
We want a casting director with a real flair for finding dramatic talent.
4.
Hunting. scent; sense of smell.
/flɛə/
noun
1.
natural ability; talent; aptitude
2.
instinctive discernment; perceptiveness
3.
stylishness or elegance; dash: to dress with flair
4.
(hunting, rare)

/flIr/
noun
1.
a Scot word for floor
n.

mid-14c., “an odor,” from Old French flair “odor or scent,” from flairer “to smell,” from Vulgar Latin *flagrare, dissimilated from Latin fragrare “emit (a sweet) odor” (see fragrant). Sense of “special aptitude” is American English, 1925, perhaps from notion of a hound’s ability to track scent.

language
An early system on the IBM 650.
[Listed in CACM 2(5):16 (May 1959)].
(1995-03-17)

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