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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There would be a certain elegance to a Supreme Court ruling that invalidates Trump’s executive order by narrowly focusing on his specific remarks. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Why Trump Should Worry About the Supreme Court’s Cakeshop Ruling," 4 June 2018 The Stinger delivers a lot of performance for the price, striking a good balance of power, handling, and braking, with room for five and/or lots of cargo, and an air of elegance and athleticism. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Kia’s all-new 2018 Stinger sport sedan offers premium features, performance | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 12 May 2018 By the beginning of the 20th century, the studios of Idaho photographers still varied widely in style and elegance. Arthur Hart, idahostatesman, "In search of Idaho customers, some photographers took their darkrooms on the road | Idaho Statesman," 23 Mar. 2018 But Lee’s restaurant had already hit the perfect sweet spot of casual elegance. Craig Laban, Philly.com, "Craig LaBan's first bite of the Delaware beaches | A dining guide," 15 June 2018 But while the setting for Lagerfeld's latest parade of the brand's signature tweed evoked a nostalgic want for casual Parisian elegance, his vision above the neck was outright glamour with a punk twist. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Rockabilly Hair! Glitter Eyes! Chanel Makes the Case for Extreme Glamour This Summer," 3 July 2018 Riding It The Kalk’s visual elegance and simplicity is complemented by an equally straightforward riding experience. Ty Brookhart, Outside Online, "You're Going to Want the Cake Kalk E-Dirt Bike," 25 June 2018 The ensembles focused on relaxed, work appropriate, casual elegance and, of course, the little black dress. Dennis Hohenberger, Courant Community, "Club Holds 'Little Black Dress' Fashion Show," 12 June 2018 The way the British prepare for weddings — the amount of preparation that goes in and the elegance [of their outfits] — is a truly unique concept. Kate Samuelson, Time, "A Royal Hat Designer Breaks Down the Fancy Hats You'll See at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Wedding," 11 May 2018

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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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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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