Mike Strank, an immensely popular sergeant who had some of the élan, if not the notoriety, of John Basilone, had his own colorful way of expressing brotherhood.
James Bradley -- Flags of Our Fathers
Consider this dog of great élan, of impeccable manner, of ton, enfin of a certain majesty.
John Steinbeck -- Travels with Charley
Even Eiffel’s tower, forecast by wishful Americans to be a monstrosity that would disfigure forever the comely landscape of Paris, turned out to possess unexpected élan, with a sweeping base and tapered shaft that evoked the trail of a skyrocket.