Part of speech:
(Like “milk,” “rice,” and “education,” uncountable nouns are words for stuff that can’t be broken into exact units. You talk about “some milk,” “the rice,” and “a lot of education,” but you don’t say “a milk,” “three rices,” or “many educations.”
Likewise, talk about “the panache,” “such panache,” “a lot of panache,” “no panache,” and so on, but don’t say “panaches.”)
An actual panache is a plume of feathers.
And when people or things have panache, that means they have style that's grand and bold.
How to use it:
Say that people or things have panache (or that they show panache or do something with panache) when their style or behavior has such a bold flair that it reminds you of someone wearing a helmet with a bright tuft of feathers on top.
You can make it possessive ("his panache," "their panache," "its panache,") you can add an adjective ("powerful panache," "effortless panache,") and you can talk about panache just by itself ("The exhibit was okay, but it lacked panache.")
So, make your point with "panache," and you'll make your point with panache. :)
For a craft fair that charged admission, I was hoping for a little more panache and not the same old arrays of cloth purses and Hello Kitty notebooks.
Sure, "The Raven" is an overwritten, overly dramatic poem, but you can't dispute its otherworldly panache.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You'll know you understand what "panache" means when you can explain it without saying "swagger" or "verve."
Think of a performer you love to watch, and fill in the blanks: "__(Person)__ __(does something)__ with effortless panache."
Example: "Lindsey Stirling adds dancing to her violin performances with effortless panache."
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Henry Miller: "The wise man knows that every experience is to be viewed as a blessing."
1. The opposite of PANACHE is
2. The documentary was heavy on _____ but light on panache.
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