el·​e·​gance | \ˈe-li-gən(t)s \

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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Stearns, who lives in south Natick and is writer-in-residence at Roxbury Latin School in Boston, writes with an understated elegance. Nina Maclaughlin, BostonGlobe.com, "Bookstore writers in residence, winner of poetry chapbook contest," 12 July 2018 In memories from her childhood, Stern writes with a erudite elegance that a kid simply wouldn't have – even one who grew up in a sophisticated household and attended private school. Zlati Meyer, USA TODAY, "'Little Panic': How the Etan Patz kidnapping terrorized author Amanda Stern," 10 July 2018 The composer-conductor and the orchestra projected this fine synthesis of textures with a gratifying elegance. Seth Colter Walls, New York Times, "Review: The New York Philharmonic Gets Audacious, With Ease," 10 June 2018 What's better than a gorgeous, old house nestled deep in the countryside and dripping with rustic elegance? Elizabeth Finkelstein, Country Living, "This Idyllic Texas B&B Is for Sale and We Want to Move Here Immediately," 27 Apr. 2018 The season-ending program by Nicholas McGegan and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, which had its first airing in a splendid concert at Stanford’s Bing Concert Hall on Wednesday, April 25, drives home the point with forceful elegance. Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, "Cherubini goes head-to-head with Beethoven in superb Philharmonia program," 26 Apr. 2018 And while the evening lacked star power, it was packed with elegance. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Melania Trump's first state dinner: Chanel, intimate guest list, one Democratic politician | The Kansas City Star," 24 Apr. 2018 The images from the ’30s and ’40s, years of glorious elegance pre- and post-World War II, are classics worthy of genuflection, many inhabiting the realm of poetry. Laura Jacobs, WSJ, "‘Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography, 1911-2011’ Review: Capturing the Trend," 10 July 2018 Just 45 minutes west of the Hamptons lies an under the radar beach town brimming with old-school charm and elegance. Ariel Okin, Vogue, "Hamptons Not Your Scene? Consider the Low-Key Charm of Bellport, New York," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of elegance

circa 1510, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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el·​e·​gance | \ˈe-li-gəns \

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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