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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 When fed a steady stream of ultraviolet rays, all of the nests glowed, each with a bit of regional flair: The four from Vietnam all pulsed in green, while the other two, from Europe and South America, were a more muted teal-ish blue. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 24 Aug. 2021 Add a touch of fall flair into your home with this wall décor made by Primitives by Kathy. Karen Jackson, baltimoresun.com, 17 Aug. 2021 The rules are simple: Force a turnover, then promptly deposit the football into the bucket with a bit of dunk-contest flair. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, 9 Aug. 2021 To make this cake the perfect Halloween dessert, top with green icing and vibrant flowers for plenty of festive flair. Kate Merker, Good Housekeeping, 21 July 2021 Of course, that sort of devil-may-care flair doesn’t fall far from the family tree: Birkin had an equally casual and chic look. Liana Satenstei, Vogue, 9 July 2021 The pitching showdown was just as good, featuring two pitchers who deal with a lot of flair, both of whom seemed to relish pitching in front of the first really big crowd of the season. Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle, 25 June 2021 There are some classified spaces available for partners with security clearances to use, but there are also elements of flair that are uncharacteristic of the NSA. Olivia Gazis, CBS News, 23 June 2021 To achieve entry-level Ralph, add a bit of flair to an otherwise staid outfit with a suede shirt or a neckerchief from Ginew. Daniel Penny, WSJ, 23 June 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'flair.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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15 Sep 2021

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“Flair.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flair. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for flair



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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