Simple Definition of elegant
: showing good taste : graceful and attractive
: simple and clever
Examples of elegant in a sentence
an elegant solution to the problem
<the most elegant First Lady in the nation's history>
Origin and Etymology of elegant
Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin elegant-, elegans; akin to Latin eligere to select — more at elect
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of elegant
choice, exquisite, elegant, rare, delicate, dainty mean having qualities that appeal to a cultivated taste. choice stresses preeminence in quality or kind <choice fabric>. exquisite implies a perfection in workmanship or design that appeals only to very sensitive taste <an exquisite gold bracelet>. elegant applies to what is rich and luxurious but restrained by good taste <a sumptuous but elegant dining room>. rare suggests an uncommon excellence <rare beauty>. delicate implies exquisiteness, subtlety, and fragility <delicate craftsmanship>. dainty sometimes carries an additional suggestion of smallness and of appeal to the eye or palate <dainty sandwiches>.
ELEGANT Defined for Kids
Definition of elegant for Students
: showing good taste : having or showing beauty and refinement <an elegant room>
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