Flair vs Flare what difference

what is difference between Flair and Flare

English

Etymology

From Middle English flayre, from Old French flair (scent, odour), from flairier (to reek, smell), from Latin flāgrō, dissimilated variation of frāgrō (emit a sweet smell, verb). More at fragrant.

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /flɛə̯/
  • (US) enPR: flâr, IPA(key): /flɛɚ̯/
  • Rhymes: -ɛə(ɹ)
  • Homophone: flare

Noun

flair (countable and uncountable, plural flairs)

  1. A natural or innate talent or aptitude.
    Synonyms: gift, knack, talent
    • 1999, Lucy Honig, The Truly Needy And Other Stories, University of Pittsburgh Press (→ISBN), page 73:
      The cafard. The cockroach. The French certainly had a flair for labeling their unhappiness. Long ago he had begun to visualize this nagging misery as the insect the word also named.
  2. Distinctive style or elegance.
    Synonyms: elan, elegance, grace, panache, style
  3. (obsolete) Smell; odor.
  4. (obsolete) Olfaction; sense of smell.

Translations

Verb

flair (third-person singular simple present flairs, present participle flairing, simple past and past participle flaired)

  1. (transitive) To add flair.

Anagrams

  • filar, frail

French

Etymology

From flairer, from Latin flagrare (to blow). Cognate to Portuguese cheiro.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /flɛʁ/

Noun

flair m (plural flairs)

  1. sense of smell
  2. (by extension) intuition, sixth sense

Further reading

  • “flair” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

Anagrams

  • rifla

Old French

Noun

flair m (oblique plural flairs, nominative singular flairs, nominative plural flair)

  1. smell; odor
  2. sense of smell

Scots

Alternative forms

  • fluir

Etymology

From Old English flōr.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /fler/

Noun

flair (plural flairs)

  1. floor
    • 2008, James Kelman, Kieron Smith, Boy, Penguin 2009, p. 140:
      He skited it over the flair maybe if it was a jotter and it was you to go and get it.

Westrobothnian

Etymology

From Old Norse fleiri, from Proto-Germanic *flaizô.

Adjective

flair

  1. More; comparative of marge (many,) and mang.
  2. Many, several.


English

Etymology

Origin unknown, first recorded in the mid 16th century, probably related to Latin flagrō (I burn). Norwegian flara (to blaze; to flaunt in gaudy attire) has a similar meaning, but the English word predates it. Possibly related to Middle High German vlederen (to flutter), represented by modern German flattern.

The noun is derived from the verb.

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /flɛə̯/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /flɛɚ̯/
  • Rhymes: -ɛə(ɹ)
  • Homophone: flair

Noun

flare (plural flares)

  1. A sudden bright light.
  2. A source of brightly burning light or intense heat.
    1. A type of pyrotechnic that produces a brilliant light without an explosion, used to attract attention in an emergency, to illuminate an area, or as a decoy.
    2. (oil industry) A flame produced by a burn-off of waste gas (flare gas) from a flare tower (or flare stack), typically at an oil refinery.
  3. (figuratively) A sudden eruption or outbreak; a flare-up.
  4. A widening of an object with an otherwise roughly constant width.
  5. (in the plural) Bell-bottom trousers.
  6. (aviation) The transition from downward flight to level flight just before landing.
  7. (baseball) A low fly ball that is hit in the region between the infielders and the outfielders.
    Synonyms: blooper, Texas leaguer
  8. (American football) A route run by the running back, releasing toward the sideline and then slightly arcing upfield looking for a short pass.
  9. (photography) Short for lens flare.
  10. An inflammation such as of tendons (tendonitis) or joints (osteoarthritis).
    Synonym: flare-up
  11. A breakdance move of someone helicoptering his torso on alternating arms.

Hyponyms

  • (pyrotechnic): Bengal light, fusee (colored flare used as a warning on a railroad) (US), parachute flare, Very light

Derived terms

Translations

Verb

flare (third-person singular simple present flares, present participle flaring, simple past and past participle flared)

  1. (transitive) To cause to burn.
  2. (transitive) To cause inflammation; to inflame.
  3. (transitive, intransitive) To open outward in shape.
  4. (transitive, intransitive, aviation) To (operate an aircraft to) transition from downward flight to level flight just before landing.
  5. (intransitive) To blaze brightly.
  6. (intransitive) To shine out with a sudden and unsteady light; to emit a dazzling or painfully bright light.
  7. (intransitive, figuratively) To shine out with gaudy colours; to be offensively bright or showy.
  8. (intransitive, figuratively) To suddenly happen or intensify.
    Synonym: flare up
  9. (intransitive, figuratively) To suddenly erupt in anger.
    Synonym: flare up
  10. (intransitive, obsolete) To be exposed to too much light.

Conjugation

Derived terms

Translations

References

  • flare in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
  • flare at OneLook Dictionary Search

Further reading

  • flare on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • gas flare on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

Anagrams

  • feral

Finnish

Pronunciation

  • Hyphenation: fla‧re

Noun

flare

  1. (astronomy) solar flare

Declension

Synonyms

  • auringonpurkaus
  • soihtupurkaus

Latin

Verb

flāre

  1. present active infinitive of flō
  2. second-person singular present passive imperative of flō
  3. second-person singular present passive indicative of flō

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