el·​e·​gance | \ ˈe-li-gən(t)s How to pronounce elegance (audio) \

Definition of elegance

1a : refined grace or dignified propriety : urbanity
b : tasteful richness of design or ornamentation the sumptuous elegance of the furnishings
c : dignified gracefulness or restrained beauty of style : polish the essay is marked by lucidity, wit, and elegance
d : scientific precision, neatness, and simplicity the elegance of a mathematical proof
2 : something that is elegant

Examples of elegance in a Sentence

the elegance of the hotel's French furnishings
Recent Examples on the Web Her Bottega Veneta number at Cannes was pure elegance. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 30 Aug. 2022 Rooms relax in elegance, and comfort is achieved within the envelope of classicism. Krissa Rossbund, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 Aug. 2022 Emily Ratajkowski was all effortless elegance while out for a walk in New York City this week. Rosa Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 24 Aug. 2022 The fall shows gave us a lot to look forward to this season, from Khaite’s delectable assortment of leather jackets to Saint Laurent’s dresses that skimmed the floor with an elegance that seems only right for the fall and winter seasons. Madeline Fass, Vogue, 19 Aug. 2022 Designer Fiona Lynch felt the color, Rich Biscuit by Dulux, was perfect for a bedroom, and especially when paired with offbeat accents for an eclectic elegance. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, 29 July 2022 But Hyde stages it all with an unfussy elegance that serves the material, and any lingering creakiness is dispelled by Thompson and McCormack, who always seem to be playing people rather than ideological mouthpieces. Justin Changfilm Critic, Los Angeles Times, 16 June 2022 Being at Arena for 25 years, there’s an elegance about it. Peter Marks, Washington Post, 10 June 2022 The bronze and wood styling boasts an effortless elegance, and the vintage bulb in water glass creates an impressive light effect. Frederick Tippett, Sunset Magazine, 22 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of elegance

circa 1510, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of elegance was circa 1510

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16 Sep 2022

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“Elegance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elegance. Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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el·​e·​gance | \ ˈe-li-gəns How to pronounce elegance (audio) \

Kids Definition of elegance

1 : gracefulness of style or movement There was something painfully beautiful about the swans … the elegance of them … made Sara catch her breath …— Betsy Byars, The Summer of the Swans
2 : tasteful luxury The hotel was known for its elegance.

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