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 end of the millennium was all about minimalism, whether in the barefoot luxury—and total seclusion—of Amanpuri (pavilions from $750), in Phuket, Thailand, or the discreet elegance of matching separates. Liz Cantrell, Travel + Leisure, 25 July 2021 From the dark heartwood to the light edges, the elegance is in the grain. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, 24 July 2021 But this does little to diminish the elegance of such a simple and effective mode of exercise. Matt Hart, The New Yorker, 20 July 2021 While every room here is sumptuous (with a price tag to match), none matches the elegance of the Girijaala Suite. Juliet Izon, CNN, 19 July 2021 Free in the wide world to savour the elegance of the bulrushes and the blue of the cornflowers, the smells of lavender and mint, the bray of a donkey. Gregory Dowling, WSJ, 16 July 2021 Each cake stand adds personality to a typical tea party spread while maintaining the beloved elegance of antique china. Emma Phelps, Southern Living, 1 July 2021 With her natural elegance Doué tried on suit after suit—40 iterations in all—stepping daintily in and out of the pant legs and her high heels in a master class of comportment. Hamish Bowle, Vogue, 12 July 2021 It is appreciated by many wine lovers thanks to its elegance and intensity. Per And Britt Karlsson, Forbes, 25 June 2021

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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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30 Jul 2021

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“Elegance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elegance. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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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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