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Flare or Flair: A Grammar Lesson

by Lisa Angelettie

in Article Marketing, Article Writing Tips

grammar lesson

Do you have a flare or flair for dancing? Do you want to get rescued off “the island” by lighting a flair or flare?

Not sure?

Well, let’s get things straight with today’s Angelettie Article Marketing Grammar Lesson!

FLARE

noun
1 a sudden brief burst of bright flame or light : the flare of the match lit up his face.
• a device producing a bright flame, used esp. as a signal or marker : a helicopter spotted a flare set off by the crew | [as adj. ] a flare gun.
• [in sing. ] a sudden burst of intense emotion : she felt a flare of anger within her.
• Astronomy a sudden explosion in the chromosphere and corona of the sun or another star, resulting in an intense burst of radiation. See also solar flare .
• Photography extraneous illumination on film caused by internal reflection in the camera.
2 [in sing. ] a gradual widening, esp. of a skirt or pants : as you knit, add a flare or curve a hem.
• an upward and outward curve of a vessel’s bow, designed to throw the water outward when under way.

verb [ intrans. ]
1 burn with a sudden intensity : the blaze across the water flared | the bonfire crackled and flared up.
• (of a light or a person’s eyes) glow with a sudden intensity : her eyes flared at the stinging insult.
• (of an emotion) suddenly become manifest in a person or their expression : alarm flared in her eyes | tempers flared.
• ( flare up) (of an illness or chronic medical complaint) recur unexpectedly and cause further discomfort : Tracy’s pain has flared up again, this time almost beyond enduring.
• (esp. of an argument, conflict, or trouble) suddenly become more violent or intense : in 1943 the Middle East crisis flared up again.
• ( flare up) (of a person) suddenly become angry : she flared up, shouting at Jeff.

2 [often as adj. ] ( flared) gradually become wider at one end : a flared skirt | the dress flared out into huge a train.
• (of a person’s nostrils) dilate : his head lifted, his nostrils flaring.
• [ trans. ] (of a person) cause (the nostrils) to dilate.

SYNONYMS

noun
1 the flare of the match blaze, flash, dazzle, burst, flicker.
2 a flare set off by the crew distress signal, rocket, beacon, light, signal.
3 a flare of anger burst, rush, eruption, explosion, spasm, access.

verb
1 the wick flared blaze, flash, flare up, flame, burn; glow, flicker.
2 her nostrils flared spread, broaden, widen; dilate.

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FLAIR

noun
1 [in sing. ] a special or instinctive aptitude or ability for doing something well : she had a flair for languages | none of us had much artistic flair.
2 stylishness and originality : she dressed with flair.

SYNONYMS

1 a flair for publicity aptitude, talent, gift, instinct, (natural) ability, facility, skill, bent, feel, knack.
2 she dressed with flair style, stylishness, panache, dash, élan, poise, elegance; taste, good taste, discernment, discrimination; informal class, pizzazz.

*source: Apple Dictionary & Wikipedia

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  • simone

    What does “the dress flared out into huge a train” mean? It seems to me lacking of something.

    • http://www.lisaangelettie.com/ Lisa Angelettie

      I’m not sure what you are asking Simone, but perhaps I can give you a visual. Imagine a wedding dress as the bride walks down the aisle or when the bride stops and takes pictures wit the back of her dress spread out like a fan on the ground — that’s what this means by the dress was flared out into a huge train.

  • simone

    What does “the dress flared out into huge a train” mean? It seems to me lacking of something.

    • http://www.lisaangelettie.com Lisa Angelettie

      I’m not sure what you are asking Simone, but perhaps I can give you a visual. Imagine a wedding dress as the bride walks down the aisle or when the bride stops and takes pictures wit the back of her dress spread out like a fan on the ground — that’s what this means by the dress was flared out into a huge train.

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