One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Brilliant display or effect.‘she came into prominence briefly but with éclat’style, stylishness, flamboyance, confidence, self-assurance, elan, dash, flair, flourish, vigour, vivacity, vivaciousness, gusto, verve, zest, sparkle, brio, panache, exuberance, ebullience, enthusiasm, eagerness, vitality, dynamism, animation, liveliness, spirit, energyView synonyms
- 1.1 Social distinction or conspicuous success.‘such action bestows more éclat upon a warrior than success by other means’honour, glory, illustriousness, credit, merit, prestige, distinction, eminence, pre-eminence, notability, consequence, renown, fameView synonyms
- 1.1 Social distinction or conspicuous success.
Late 17th century: from French, from éclater ‘burst out’.
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