Origin of élanFr, a start, outburst, impetuosity from élancer, to dart, throw from é-, out + lancer, to throw a lance, hence throw from Late Latin (Ec) lanceare from lancea, lance
An example of élan is believing that you can do anything.
- Enthusiastic vigor and liveliness.
- Distinctive style or flair.
Origin of elanFrench 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 )