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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 The thick-cut, skin-on potatoes are fried to perfection in duck fat and lard, seasoned with fresh rosemary and crushed garlic, and served in a huge paper cone for a bit of European flair. Joey Morona, cleveland, "13 restaurants with the best French Fries in Greater Cleveland," 9 Sep. 2020 For example, in many games that place players on a never-ending escalator of loot in order to achieve that perfect character build, shiny new items not only boost your power, but are also reflected by increasing levels of visual flair. Phuc Pham, Wired, "Marvel's Avengers Is a Multiplayer Hero-Spree You Can Skip," 4 Sep. 2020 His new music combines the bombastic sound of David Bowie with the vivid storytelling of Bob Dylan, which McKenna pulls off with youthful dynamism and theatrical flair. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "September in music: Machine Gun Kelly album, Public Enemy is back and new Carrie Underwood," 1 Sep. 2020 An arrangement of a single flower variety offers elegant simplicity, while a mixed bouquet dials up the flair. Alicia Chilton, Better Homes & Gardens, "9 No-Fail Ways to Add Fall Decor to Your Bathroom," 31 Aug. 2020 If Dallas wants the No. 3 running back to bring a little more flair in the passing game, then Anderson could win the job. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: The Dallas Cowboys’ most intriguing developmental projects in each position group," 14 Aug. 2020 Decorative details like wood beams and sliding barn doors deliver country flair, while the master suite includes a large custom shower. Star Tribune, "Home plan: Farmhouse look, streamlined layout," 14 Aug. 2020 Others even got crafty with the masks by tie-dying them or adding beads to the ties for some flair. Christina Butan, PEOPLE.com, "This Best-Selling T-Shirt Brand Made Comfy Face Masks That Are Under $2 Each," 1 Aug. 2020 But the six songs below could be strong contenders -- for reasons such as soaring beauty, heartfelt simplicity, patriotic flair and more. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, "Could one of these songs replace the national anthem?," 1 July 2020

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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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Cite this Entry

“Flair.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flair. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of flair

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


\ 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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