See also: ELAN, Elan, elan, elán, and elän

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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from French élan.

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NounEdit

élan (uncountable)

  1. Spirit, zeal, ardor.
    • 1971, Deborah S. Davis, “The Cultural Revolution in Wuhan”, in The Cultural Revolution in the Provinces[1], Harvard University Press, →ISBN, LCCN 77-162858, OCLC 195365, OL 4583663M, page 159:
      The goal of the Cultural Revolution was to radicalize the whole society, to create mass participation at all levels of decision-making, and to restore the revolutionary élan of the 1940s.

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FrenchEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /e.lɑ̃/
  • (file)
  • Homophone: élans

Etymology 1Edit

Deverbal of élancer.

NounEdit

élan m (plural élans)

  1. spirit
  2. momentum
    Il prend son élan.He is gaining momentum.
  3. (sports) run up

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DescendantsEdit
  • English: élan
  • Portuguese: elã

Etymology 2Edit

From a Baltic language.

NounEdit

élan m (plural élans)

  1. moose, elk

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PortugueseEdit

NounEdit

élan m (plural élans)

  1. Alternative form of elã