elegance

noun
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

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If anyone can do camp with elegance, Gemma nailed it. Sable Yong, Allure, "The Exact $88 Eye Shadow Palette Gemma Chan Wore to the 2019 Met Gala," 7 May 2019 The rest of the 5,000-square-foot space—which Prupas and Leverty share with their 10-year-old daughter, eight-year-old son, and two golden retrievers—conveys a similar elegance. Shoko Wanger, House Beautiful, "What It Takes to Create a Mountain Home That's Bright, Light and Modern," 17 Apr. 2019 The Ours Polaire pieces are emblematic of Royère’s spirit of absolutely free creativity and reflect a true elegance without any kind of ostentation. Stephen Wallis, Town & Country, "This Polar Bear Sofa Is Beloved By the Very Rich," 15 Apr. 2019 This is not a time when people will care too much about elegance. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What Your Sign's April Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 31 Mar. 2019 The quest for this kind of elegance is the motivation of my creative process. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "This New Evening Wear Collection is Made for Meghan Markle, And You," 6 Aug. 2018 The kitchen island and GE Café appliances are the perfect example of this sense of easygoing elegance. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Garance Doré’s House is About to Be the Hottest Thing on Instagram," 13 Mar. 2019 Victoria Beckham and Burberry’s new look of bourgeois elegance in London prompted several women to wear skirt suits and head-to-toe camel before the trend had even crystallized at Hedi Slimane’s Celine show. Emily Farra, Vogue, "The Biggest Street-Style Trends of Fall 2019," 13 Mar. 2019 Lunch from home takes on an element of Japanese elegance when it is housed in one of those new bento boxes with multiple compartments. Bee Wilson, WSJ, "The Lunchbox Renaissance," 24 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of elegance

circa 1510, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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elegance

noun
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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