V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. a dashing sense of style and self-confidence; 2. a plume of feathers, especially on a hat

Synonyms: style, flair, flamboyance, confidence, chic, spirit

Antonyms: clumsiness, awkwardness

Tips: Panache was derived from the French pennache, "tuft of feathers." Panache also refers to the feathers on old Roman helmets, and today, on hats. Back in ancient Roman times, you could stand out and be more stylish by using more colorful and flamboyant feathers in your helmet. It's the proverbial "feather in your cap." Today, use panache as a more sophisticated way of describing someone who does something or wears something that is original and stylish, and does so with confidence.

Usage Examples:

He presents with a panache that immediately captures his audience's attention. (style, flair)

She always throws parties that demonstrate her panache for entertaining. (style, flair, chic)

At the nightclub on Saturdays, Jason plays the saxophone with panache--he plays sax while a DJ spins dance music. (style)

Everyone turned to look at him when he entered the party because he carries himself with so much panache. (style, confidence, flamboyance)

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