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Flair or Flare?

The Quick Answer
What is the difference between flair and flare?

Flair means natural ability.
  • He has a natural flair for languages.
Flare means a brief burst of light or a gradual widening at one end.
  • The flare ruined my night vision.
  • His trousers have a remarkable flare.


The abstract noun flair means to have a natural talent or a knack for something. It also means to do something with a distinct elegance.

  • Their ideas might now need some of your creative flair.
  • Starting out to make money is the greatest mistake in life. Do what you feel you have a flair for doing, and if you are good enough at it, the money will come. (Greer Garson)


The noun flare denotes a brief burst of bright flame or light. It is also the name for a firework-style rocket used for illumination. Flare can also mean a gradual expanding in shape.

  • Flares are used for signalling, illumination, or defensive countermeasures in civilian and military applications.
  • People wearing flared jeans today want to style these 1970s inspired jeans in ways that are definitely 21st century.
Flare can also be used as a verb meaning to burst into flame or to gradually become wider at one end.

  • His last match flared lighting our faces.
  • Her dress does not flare at the bottom.
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