é·lan (ā-läɴ, ā-län)
1. Enthusiastic vigor and liveliness.
2. Distinctive style or flair.
[French, from Old French eslan, rush, from eslancer, to hurl : es-, out (from Latin ex-; see EX-) + lancer, to throw (from Late Latin lanceāre, to throw a lance, from Latin lancea, lance).]
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