panache

[ puh-nash ]

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Part of Speech

noun

Origin + Etymology

Mid 16th century; Late Latin

from French, from Italian pennacchio, from late Latin pinnaculum, diminutive of pinna ‘feather’

Synonyms

    1.
  • headgear
  • headpiece
  • helmet
  • hat
    2.
  • brio
  • charisma
  • dash
  • flair
  • flamboyance
  • swagger
  • verve
  • vigor

Antonyms

    1.
  • spiritlessness

Definition

1. an ornamental plume of feathers, tassels, or the like, especially one worn on a helmet or cap
2. a grand or flamboyent manner

Examples

1. In England, it is customary for women to wear a panache to a formal event, such as a wedding.
2. To be an actor in Hollywood, you have to posess a certain panache.

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