[ US /ˈiɫən/ ]
  1. distinctive and stylish elegance
    he wooed her with the confident dash of a cavalry officer
  2. enthusiastic and assured vigor and liveliness
    a performance of great elan and sophistication
  3. 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
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How To Use elan In A Sentence

  • Plans include occasional stops at Central Terminal, which saw its last passenger train in 1979, and special excursions through the region to destinations such as Niagara Falls, Medina, Jamestown and even Cleveland. The Buffalo News: Home
  • The side dish the day I visited was a simple mixed olive salad, a mélange of black and green olives with spicy oil.
  • Mr Ireland claimed that the case had cost him his job as a school bus driver. Times, Sunday Times
  • Ireland does not have another manufacturing facility with a similar capacity to absorb glass cullet (crushed glass).
  • There is something about rainy days that can make you feel strangely melancholic and happy at the same time.
  • Rob also reckons that the south-west coast of Ireland has some of the best sailing grounds in the world - particularly around Roaring Water Bay in West Cork.
  • Now that I think about it, direct property distraint was a recognized means of compelling welchers to fulfill their obligations in the quasi-anarchic Brehon laws of Celtic Ireland, even if it was a case of tenants or debtors going after landlords or creditors. Shameless Self-promotion Sunday #30
  • Ireland we say 'aitch' that is the Presbyterians do - for some reason which escapes me Catholics say 'haitch' - another argument for integrated education. Behind the scenes at the UK's highest court
  • Played three times for his native Northern Ireland. The Sun
  • Forage crops, pasture, and rangelands are important in feeding ruminant animals tied to the meat and dairy industries.
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