Élan is defined as the state of having a lot of self confidence or enthusiasm.
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 lanceare, to throw a lance, from Latin lancea, lance).
OriginSee also: Elan
From French élan.