Definition of gracious
2a : marked by kindness and courtesy a gracious hostb : gracefulc : marked by tact and delicacy : urbaned : characterized by charm, good taste, generosity of spirit, and the tasteful leisure of wealth and good breeding gracious living
Examples of gracious in a Sentence
Phoebe closed her eyes, seeing her father moving like a shadow among his guests, gracious, smiling, pouring wine and exchanging greetings. —Judith Berry Griffin, Phoebe the Spy, 1977
The reception started in orderly enough fashion—gracious and leisurely. Paula Locker, the President of the Club, met me at the door, and I took my place in line with her, with Fishbait Miller doing the introducing. —Lady Bird Johnson, A White House Diary, 1970
If there are not too many in the group, you might inquire solicitously about their health. If you are in a particularly gracious mood, you might even give them a brief resume of your physical condition. —Groucho Marx, letter of 15 Nov. 1951in The Groucho Letters1987
This is not a surprise given the welcome, gracious atmosphere, the uncommon competence of the kitchen, with its familiar Little Italy Italian menu … and the restaurant's credible wine list. —Mark Bittman, New York Times, 26 June 2002
Thank you for your gracious hospitality.
The magazine promotes gracious living.
Recent Examples of gracious from the Web
Keselowski, who has two wins headed into Sunday's race at Dover International Speedway, wants to send a positive message to his family and fans with gracious conduct in defeat.
As the family — including Grant's brother Todd, sister Alex and father Leonard — prepared to lay him to rest Friday, friends and family recalled him as gracious, funny and well-read.
Drew is a descendant of the McDowell family who built the gracious home on Prospect Street in 1890.
In both countries, where the hosts showered Trump with flattery and warmth, Trump played the role of gracious guest.
Murray had fun with the crowd and was gracious in posing for photos and signing autographs.
When Top Social Artist was presented, the group took the stage, looking overwhelmed by the moment and remaining gracious for their fans’ support.
At his office there, Isaacson proves to be a gracious New Orleanian, easeful and attentive—in short, nothing like Steve Jobs.
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Origin and Etymology of gracious
Middle English, from Anglo-French gracieus, from Latin gratiosus enjoying favor, agreeable, from gratia
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of gracious
GRACIOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of gracious for English Language Learners
: very polite in a way that shows respect
: having or showing the attractive things (such as charm, good taste, and comfort) that are associated with having a lot of money
—used as an interjection to express mild surprise or for emphasis
GRACIOUS Defined for Kids
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