Panache

Panache is a French word origin that carries the connotation of a flamboyant manner and reckless courage.
The literal translation is a plume, such as is worn on a hat or a helmet, but the reference is to King Henry IV of France (13 December 1553 – 14 May 1610). Pleasure-loving and cynical, but a brave military leader and the best-loved of the kings of France he was famed for wearing a striking white plume in his helmet and for his war cry: “Follow my white plume!” (French: “Ralliez-vous à mon panache blanc!”).
The epitome of panache and the reason for its establishment as a virtue are found in Rostand’s depiction of Cyrano de Bergerac, in his play of that name. (Prior to Rostand, panache was not necessarily a good thing and was seen by some as a suspect quality).
Panache is referred to explicitly at two points in the play but is implicit throughout: for example, Cyrano’s challenges to Montfleury, Valvert, and at one point, the whole audience, at the theatre (Act I) and his nonchalant…

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