Simple Definition of élan
: energy and enthusiasm
Full Definition of élan
: vigorous spirit or enthusiasm
Examples of élan
The dancer performed with great élan.
Origin of élan
French, from Middle French eslan rush, from (s')eslancer to rush, from ex- + lancer to hurl — more at lance
First Known Use: 1864
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