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Eclat \E*clat"\, n. [F. ['e]clat a fragment, splinter, explosion, brilliancy, splendor, fr. ['e]clater to splinter, burst, explode, shine brilliantly, prob. of German origin; cf. OHG. sleizan to slit, split, fr. sl[=i]zan, G. schleissen; akin to E. slit.]

  1. Brilliancy of success or effort; splendor; brilliant show; striking effect; glory; renown. ``The eclat of Homer's battles.''

  2. Demonstration of admiration and approbation; applause.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1670s, "showy brilliance," from French ├ęclat "splinter, fragment" (12c.), also "flash of brilliance," from eclater "burst out; shine brilliantly; splinter, fly to fragments," from Old French esclater "smash, shatter into pieces," which is of uncertain origin, perhaps from a Germanic word related to slit (v.) and to Old High German skleizen "tear to pieces; to split, cleave." Extended sense of "conspicuous success" is first recorded in English in 1741.


n. (alternative spelling of ├ęclat English) (brilliance of success or effort; splendor; brilliant show; striking effect; glory; renown.)

  1. n. enthusiastic approval; "the book met with modest acclaim"; "he acknowledged the plaudits of the crowd"; "they gave him more eclat than he really deserved" [syn: acclaim, acclamation, plaudits, plaudit]

  2. ceremonial elegance and splendor; "entered with much eclat in a coach drawn by eight white horses" [syn: pomp]

  3. brilliant or conspicuous success or effect; "the eclat of a great achievement"


Eclat or ECLAT may mean

  • Lotus Eclat, a car
  • Association rule learning#Eclat algorithm, an algorithm

Usage examples of "eclat".

Savine, qui de tres bonne foi croyait etre le seul digne de representer avec eclat son pays a Paris, avait ete exaspere par ce bruit.

My dear lady, it is worth anything if it will make you happy and add to the eclat of the wedding.

I gained some eclat on the road trusteeship, by opening a road which was a great public convenience, but I lost more than I gained there, by my allotments, which are looked on as a dangerous precedent.

It was along here somewhere that we first came across genuine and unmistakable alkali water in the road, and we cordially hailed it as a first-class curiosity, and a thing to be mentioned with eclat in letters to the ignorant at home.

Next day I got away, on the coach, with the usual eclat attending departures of old citizens,--for if you have only half a dozen friends out there they will make noise for a hundred rather than let you seem to go away neglected and unregretted--and Dan promised to keep strict watch for the men that had the mine to sell.

The first part went off with wonderful eclat, and at its close there were loud cries for Pocahontas.

I ended with eclat, and even went so far, in my desire to convince the professors that I was not Ikonin and that they must not in anyway confound me with him, as to offer to draw a second ticket.

Robbie was making this up as he went, lying with his customary eclat, but by painting a bleak picture of the consequences to the family, Robbie was lending an element of humane justification to the misconduct he was requesting.

In 1778 he acquired extraordinary eclat by the seduction of the Marchioness of Caermarthen, under circumstances which have few parallels in the licentiousness of fashionable life.