elegance

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noun el·e·gance \ˈe-li-gən(t)s\

Definition of elegance

  1. 1a :  refined grace or dignified propriety :  urbanityb :  tasteful richness of design or ornamentation the sumptuous elegance of the furnishingsc :  dignified gracefulness or restrained beauty of style :  polish the essay is marked by lucidity, wit, and eleganced :  scientific precision, neatness, and simplicity the elegance of a mathematical proof

  2. 2 :  something that is elegant

Examples of elegance in a Sentence

  1. the elegance of the hotel's French furnishings

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Circa 1510

First Known Use of elegance

circa 1510


ELEGANCE Defined for Kids

elegance

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noun el·e·gance \ˈe-li-gəns\

Definition of elegance for Students

  1. 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. 2 :  tasteful luxury The hotel was known for its elegance.



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