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

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Examples of elegance in a Sentence

the elegance of the hotel's French furnishings
Recent Examples on the Web The leather straps are coated in metal studs, which add a touch of elegance to the pair. Liv Birdsall, USA TODAY, "15 great pairs of shoes to buy from Taos Footwear," 5 Aug. 2020 Walnut floors, natural light, and bespoke furniture, which is included in the sale, decorate the home with elegance and style. Amanda Molitor, The Denver Post, "Create the life you’ve dreamed of in this Crestmoor Park home," 19 June 2020 But typical wine descriptors like force, balance and elegance aren’t necessarily what pop to mind when the conversation turns to St. Amant. Mike Dunne, SFChronicle.com, "St. Amant: character, quality and consistency in wine," 16 June 2020 In most of these scenarios, the resulting look is one of style and elegance that beautifully covers up the challenges underneath. Norma Young, Quartz, "South African women are forging new fashion frontiers by embracing their heritage," 9 July 2020 Programmers, with their penchant for optimization and elegance, must have enforced the truncation. Jason Kehe, Wired, "The Media Monsters in the National Dialog," 8 July 2020 For those who love luxury, The Cavalier is old world glamour mixed with modern elegance. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "Why Virginia Beach Makes For A Perfect Socially Distanced Getaway This Summer," 5 July 2020 One theory that has a certain elegance and simplicity is that Trump is a nitwit. Louis Menand, The New Yorker, "This Fourth of July, Consider Trump’s Lobster Fib," 4 July 2020 For northern visitors, the name conjured Southern elegance and charm. Pam Kelley, BostonGlobe.com, "Southern neighborhoods have been named ‘plantations’ for decades. That could be changing.," 4 July 2020

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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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10 Aug 2020

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“Elegance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elegance. Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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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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