\ 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 The main purpose of an editorial board seems to be to rid all editorials of flair, or even opinion. Arkansas Online, 8 May 2021 Swing in a hammock, take a walk in the hills or settle back in a lounge chair with a good book in the sunny courtyard of Tiny Rose, a converted garage with lots of flair. Rosemary Mcclure, Los Angeles Times, 29 Apr. 2021 There are lots of ways to finish a dish with a touch of flair. Washington Post, 24 Mar. 2021 This time, John and Lil Nas X — two gay trailblazers, both known for their eccentric fashions — bring their unique flair to the ads, even swapping iconic looks for one. Sabrina Weiss, PEOPLE.com, 9 Sep. 2021 Offset is also wearing blue, though the couple added a bit of their signature flair for luxury by draping a Louis Vuitton blanket over their bed. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 6 Sep. 2021 His stylish flair and love for footwear was poured into the new design of K-Swiss’s Classic LX, along with drawing inspiration from the brand’s ethos and using a few of their signature design elements. Greg Emmanuel, Essence, 31 Aug. 2021 Those who follow Christina on Instagram know that the 46-year-old actress enjoys renovating spaces and putting her own flair to them. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, 26 Aug. 2021 These short, fun videos are meant to teach viewers about the key elements of each Jewish holiday (with her special Mayim flair, of course). Maddy Albert, sun-sentinel.com, 18 Aug. 2021

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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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9 Oct 2021

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“Flair.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flair. Accessed 15 Oct. 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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