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Definition a distinctive, confident, and admirable style

Much more rarely, panache can refer to a large feather (or group of feathers) on a helmet or hat.
  • dresses with panache
  • ... CYRANO (opening his eyes, recognizing her, and smiling): MY PANACHE.
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • 'Crippled or not, he hasn't lost his panache,' said the ambassador.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • Even when he went in for the kill, he did so with panache.
    J.D. Robb  --  Immortal in Death
  • Lancelot had been smoothing the panache of feathers which was used as a distinguishing mark on the helm in Uncle Dap's hands.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Beloved by rock stars and movie stars, ballplayers and even the occasional politician, cocaine was a drug of power and panache.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • His entries were always dramatic, and he always conducted his inspections with the flair and panache of a benevolent conquistador.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Only Sophie Mol, with First World panache, had prepared for herself, for her biological father's photo, a face.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • Homer is equally confident that his plan is under way, and has the panache to insert an idyllic comedy of love, the story of Hera's 'seduction of Zeus in Book XIV.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Indeed, in a goofy video Chris made in college, he can be heard belting out "Summers by the sea/Sailboats in Capri" with impressive panache, crooning like a professional lounge singer.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • You suddenly see that Shakespear, with all his flashes and divinations, never understood virtue and courage, never conceived how any man who was not a fool could, like Bunyan's hero, look back from the brink of the river of death over the strife and labor of his pilgrimage, and say "yet do I not repent me"; or, with the panache of a millionaire, bequeath "my sword to him that shall succeed me in my pilgrimage, and my courage and skill to him that can get it."
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • Damas had ever a red panache.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Is it what they do to show that girls too have courage, that they can do more than weep and moan, that they too can face death with panache?
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Blind Assassin
  • He held out the great tilting helm silently, with its familiar panache of heron hackles and the silver thread.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Still, the way Mother tells it, back then Dad was bursting with energy, laughter and panache.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • Kay's panache, for instance, was shaped like a rigid, flat fan, with its edges pointing fore and aft It was carefully arranged out of the eyes of peacock feathers, exactly as if a stiff peacock fan had been erected endwise on his head.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • MRS YELVERTON BARRY: (In lowcorsaged opal balldress and elbowlength ivory gloves, wearing a sabletrimmed brickquilted dolman, a comb of brilliants and panache of osprey in her hair) Arrest him, constable.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses

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