Lit matches

‘Flair’ or ‘flare’?

Although pronounced in a similar way flair and flare have different meanings. Flair means 'a natural ability or talent', as in:

She had a flair for languages. 

Whereas flare means 'burn suddenly' or 'become wider', as in:

The flare of the match lit up his face.

There was a slight flare at the ends of his trouser legs.


Back to Usage.

You may also be interested in:

'Alternate' or 'alternative'?

'Censure' or 'censor'?

'Laid' or 'lain'?

See more from Usage