from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A natural talent or aptitude; a knack: a flair for interior decorating.
  • n. Instinctive discernment; keenness: a flair for the exotica.
  • n. Distinctive elegance or style: served us with flair.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A natural or innate talent or aptitude; a knack.
  • n. Distinctive style or elegance; panache or elan.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Smell; odor.
  • n. Sense of smell; scent; fig., discriminating sense.
  • n. A talent or ability, expecially an intuitive one that makes performance of a task appear easy; an intuitive appreciation; a knack.
  • n. An attractive way of performing a task; style.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An obsolete spelling of flare.
  • n. Odor; smell.
  • n. In hunting, scent; sense of smell: used figuratively in the extract.
  • n. The skate, Raia batis.
  • n. Same as fiery-flare.
  • n. Scent; the critical sense in art and literature.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. distinctive and stylish elegance
  • n. a shape that spreads outward
  • n. a natural talent


Middle English, fragrance, from Old French, from flairer, to scent, from Late Latin flāgrāre, alteration of Latin frāgrāre, to emit an odor.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old French flair ("scent, odour"), from flairier ("to reek, smell"), from Vulgar Latin *flāgrō, dissimilated variation of Latin frāgrō ("emit a sweet smell", v). More at fragrant. (Wiktionary)



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