elegance

noun

el·​e·​gance ˈe-li-gən(t)s How to pronounce elegance (audio)
1
a
: 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 Duke Ellington was known for his sartorial and musical elegance as a celebrated pianist, composer and orchestra leader. Scott Talley, Detroit Free Press, 18 Feb. 2024 Ahmed has a style of easy elegance befitting European nobility and her restrained suffering is the most palpable in the cast. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Feb. 2024 The first space immediately establishes the sense of spare elegance that dominates the artist’s oeuvre, which unfolds across performance, installation, film, text, sound and sculpture. Emily Labarge, New York Times, 15 Feb. 2024 Carolina Herrera, for being the first to showcase exquisite Latin elegance to the world. Laia Garcia-Furtado, Vogue, 15 Feb. 2024 While the cabin is improved, BMW’s design still lacks the elegance of competing cars from Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and even Volvo. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 14 Feb. 2024 The rich dark wood tones, plush seating, and gentle glow of ambient lighting invites you to immerse yourself in a world where every detail exudes timeless elegance. Noël Burgess, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 The three-song set highlights the elegance of live instruments such as a saxophone, trumpets, trombones, conga, and güira with charming musical arrangements, writes Billboard Español‘s Luisa Calle. Griselda Flores, Billboard, 9 Feb. 2024 This is the second year in a row that Acqualina Resort, with its old-world elegance and Mediterranean design, breathtaking ocean views and an award-winning spa, has earned the top spot on the U.S. News & World Report list. Connie Ogle, Miami Herald, 6 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1510, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of elegance was circa 1510

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“Elegance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elegance. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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elegance

noun
el·​e·​gance ˈel-i-gən(t)s How to pronounce elegance (audio)
1
: gracefulness of style or movement
2
: decoration or design that is rich but in good taste

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