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panache

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noun pa·nache \pə-ˈnash, -ˈnäsh\

Simple Definition of panache

  • : lots of energy and style

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of panache

  1. 1 :  an ornamental tuft (as of feathers) especially on a helmet

  2. 2 :  dash or flamboyance in style and action :  verve

Examples of panache in a sentence

  1. She played the role of hostess with great panache.



Did You Know?

Few can match the panache of French poet and soldier Cyrano de Bergerac. In his dying moments, he declared that the one thing left to him was his panache, and that assertion at once demonstrates the meaning of the word and draws upon its history. Panache derives via Middle French from Late Latin pinnaculum, meaning "small wing" or "gable," a root that also gave English the word pinnacle. In both French and English, panache originally referred to a showy, feathery plume on a hat or helmet; its "dashing" figurative sense developed from the verve and swagger of one bold enough to wear such an adornment in public. When the dying Cyrano turned his huge nose heavenward and spoke of his panache, his nose became the literal and figurative pinnacle of a multifaceted pun.

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Origin of panache

Middle French pennache, from Old Italian pennacchio, from Late Latin pinnaculum small wing — more at pinnacle


First Known Use: 1553


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