AskDefine | Define elan

Dictionary Definition



1 a feeling of strong eagerness (usually in favor of a person or cause); "they were imbued with a revolutionary ardor"; "he felt a kind of religious zeal" [syn: ardor, ardour, zeal]
2 distinctive and stylish elegance; "he wooed her with the confident dash of a cavalry officer" [syn: dash, flair, panache, style]
3 enthusiastic and assured vigor and liveliness; "a performance of great elan and sophistication"

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  1. Ardor inspired by passion or enthusiasm.

Extensive Definition

Elan may refer to:
Elán may refer to:
Élan may refer to:
  • Élan, a major drugs firm based in Athlone, County Westmeath, Ireland
  • Élan, Ardennes, a commune of the Ardennes département in France
  • Élan Motorsport Technologies, a race car manufacturing consortium based in the United States
  • Élan may refer to vivacity or energy arising from enthusiasm (borrowed from French)
elan in German: Elan
elan in Spanish: Elan
elan in French: Élan (homonymie)
elan in Swedish: Elan (olika betydelser)

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