panache

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English[edit]

A helmet with panache (1)

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French panache, from Middle French pennache (plume of feathers), from Italian pennacchio, from Late Latin pinnāculum. Doublet of pinnacle.

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panache (countable and uncountable, plural panaches)

  1. (countable) An ornamental plume on a helmet.
    Synonyms: hackle, plume, plumage
  2. (uncountable, figuratively) Flamboyance, energetic style or action.
    Synonyms: dash, flamboyance, swagger, verve
    • 1894, Kate Chopin, “At the 'Cadian Ball”, in Bayou Folk:
      One old gentleman, who was in the habit of reading a Paris newspaper and knew things, chuckled gleefully to everybody that Alcée’s conduct was altogether chic, mais chic. That he had more panache than Boulanger. Well, perhaps he had.
    • 1988 December 11, Thomas M. Disch, “Lost in Cyberspace”, in The New York Times[1], ISSN 0362-4331:
      Cyberpunk caters to the wish-fulfillment requirements of male teen-agers, but this is a job that can be done with varying degrees of panache, and there is currently no more accomplished caterer than William Gibson.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French pennache (plume of feathers), borrowed from Italian pennacchio, from Late Latin pinnāculum. Doublet of pinacle.

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Noun[edit]

panache m (plural panaches)

  1. (also figuratively) panache
  2. (Canada) the bulk of antlers of deer and moose

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  • English: panache
  • Italian: panache
  • Romanian: panaș

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French panache, itself from Italian pennacchio.

Noun[edit]

panache m (invariable)

  1. (fashion) panache (ornamental plumage)
    Synonym: pennacchio

Further reading[edit]

  • panache in Treccani.it – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana