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[ey-lahn, ey-lan; French ey-lahn] /eɪˈlɑn, eɪˈlæn; French eɪˈlɑ̃/

dash; impetuous ardor:
to dance with great élan.
/eɪˈlɑːn; eɪˈlæn; French elɑ̃/
a combination of style and vigour: he performed the concerto with élan

1877, from French élan (16c.), “spring, bound, impetus,” noun derived from élancer “to rush, dart,” from Old French elancer, from e- “out” (see ex-) + lancer “to throw,” originally “to throw a lance,” from Late Latin lanceare, from Latin lancea (see lance (n.)).

[“Top-down Programming with Elan”, C.H.A. Koster, Ellis Horwood 1987].


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