flair

noun \ ˈfler \

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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Examples of flair in a Sentence

  1. a restaurant with a European flair

  2. a person with a flair for making friends quickly

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Did You Know?

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.

Origin and Etymology of 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



FLAIR Defined for English Language Learners

flair

noun

Definition of flair for English Language Learners

  • : a natural ability to do something

  • : an unusual and appealing quality or style


FLAIR Defined for Kids

flair

noun \ ˈfler \

Definition of flair for Students

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


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