Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Entry:    élan (n.)

In context:  “As a drug addict, Gately was distinguished by his ferocious and jolly élan.”

Definition:  In English use chiefly abstr.: Ardour, impetuousness, vivacity.

Other:    Well, I’d always thought his meant something more along the line of cheerfulness.  The Scrabble dictionary has it simply as “enthusiasm.”  

A relatively recent addition – 1880 CE.

SNOOT score:   2

Page:   55

Source:   Oxford English Dictionary

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