flair

noun
\ ˈfler How to pronounce flair (audio) \

Definition of flair

1 : a skill or instinctive ability to appreciate or make good use of something : talent a flair for color also : inclination, tendency a flair for the dramatic
2 : a uniquely attractive quality : style fashionable dresses with a flair all their own Montreal is a city noted for its … European flair— Bruce Minorgan

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In the 14th century, if someone told you that you had flair (or flayre as it was then commonly spelled), you might very well take offense! This is because in Middle English flayre meant "an odor." The word derived from the Old French verb flairer ("to give off an odor"), which came in turn from Late Latin flagrare, itself an alteration of fragrare. (The English words fragrant and fragrance also derive from fragrare.) The "odor" sense of flair fell out of use, but in the 19th century English speakers once again borrowed flair from the French-this time (influenced by the Modern French use of the word for the sense of smell) to indicate a discriminating sense or instinctive discernment.

Examples of flair in a Sentence

a restaurant with a European flair a person with a flair for making friends quickly

Recent Examples on the Web

At 6-foot-7 and 285 pounds but with the agility, speed and flair of a guard, Williamson scored seven of Duke’s first nine points, including one rise-above-it-all put-back jam and, later, a 3-pointer. Howard Fendrich, The Seattle Times, "Zion, Duke avoid upset, edge Virginia Tech 75-73 in NCAAs," 30 Mar. 2019 New product lines such as Paper Flowers have a youthful flair. Khadeeja Safdar, WSJ, "Retail Report Card for 2018: From Walmart to Tiffany’s," 29 Dec. 2018 To help give your sad sack lunch an indoor picnic flair, swap out your paper napkins for ones of cloth. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Sad Sack No More: Chic Portable Wares for a Better Packed Lunch," 24 Aug. 2018 To give the outfit an even more royal flair, Blake accessorized with a spiked crown and Lorraine Schwartz jewels. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Blake Lively's Met Gala Clutch Had the Sweetest Tribute to Her Family," 8 May 2018 The less obvious works surrounding these standards, though, were not as distinguished — which came as a mild shock, given this orchestra’s flair for the atypical. Seth Colter Walls, New York Times, "Review: Dudamel and Los Angeles Bring the Noise to New York," 30 Apr. 2018 Father-and-son Jon and Evan Costas from Valparaiso give the American hamburger international flair. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "The hottest new restaurants in Indianapolis this spring," 19 Apr. 2018 Because Ema is a Mediterranean restaurant, Jacobson added tomatoes and herbs to his sauce to give it a Mediterranean flair. Julia Thiel, Chicago Reader, "Food & Drink / Food Chain Dried scallops the key ingredient in chef C.J. Jacobson's 'Mediterranean XO sauce' [VIDEO]," 16 Apr. 2018 The old school buildings in the background give it an old-school flair. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Obert's top Arizona high school baseball fields," 26 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of flair

1881, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for flair

French, literally, sense of smell, from Old French, odor, from flairier to give off an odor, from Late Latin flagrare, alteration of Latin fragrare

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flair

noun

English Language Learners Definition of flair

: a natural ability to do something
: an unusual and appealing quality or style

flair

noun
\ ˈfler How to pronounce flair (audio) \

Kids Definition of flair

1 : natural ability She has a flair for acting.
2 : style entry 1 sense 4 a dress with flair

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