Eclat Definition

ā-klä, āklä
Great brilliance, as of performance or achievement.
American Heritage
Brilliant or conspicuous success.
Webster's New World
Dazzling display; striking effect.
Webster's New World
Approval; acclaim.
Webster's New World
Great acclamation or applause.
American Heritage

Origin of Eclat

  • Borrowing from French, from éclater (“to burst out”), from Middle French esclater (“to break, break violently”), from Old French esclater (“to separate from, sunder out”) (deverbal also in Old French: esclat), from Frankish *slaitan (“to split, break”), from Proto-Germanic *slaitijaną, causative of Proto-Germanic *slītaną (“to cut up, split”). Akin to Old High German sleizan (“to tear”), Old English slītan (“to split”). More at slice, slit.

    From Wiktionary

  • French brilliance from Old French esclat splinter from esclater to burst out, splinter probably of Germanic origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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