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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Part of the appeal of the Valisette is the unexpected yoking of elegance and an industrial touch. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Susan Szatmáry Rolls Into the Accessories Market With a Wheeled “Valisette” Bag Packed With Wow Factor," 23 Nov. 2018 Melania Trump has been a figure of sympathy, at least in this space, lauded for her grace, elegance and stoicism. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, "Melania’s Misstep and Michelle’s Mystery," 15 Nov. 2018 Sticking to her signature style—and obviously trying not to upstage Meghan—Kate was the perfect balance of elegance and sophistication in the monochromatic look. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Rewore One of Her Alexander McQueen Dresses To Harry and Meghan's Wedding," 19 May 2018 So much of the creativity of those '80s pieces was about your ability to achieve that sense of elegance and extravagance with limited resources. Edwin Stats Houghton, GQ, "Dapper Dan Talks Gucci Partnership, Dressing Harlem’s Notorious Gangsters, and Getting Busted by Sonia Sotomayor (Exclusive)," 5 Mar. 2018 But its intricate layers demand close inspection, revealing a marvelous design that gets some of its elegance from a relatively spare mix of natural materials: cedar root, cedar bark and bear grass. Molly Glentzer, Houston Chronicle, "Art Daybook: Examining the ‘Ties That Bind’," 3 July 2018 Liu Xin Special to the Herald Kremlin, 727 Lincoln Rd., 673-3150: At one end of this gay dance club, a large, stately bar sports all the elegance and mahogany ambience of a drinking room inside an ornate old palace. Rene Rodriguez, miamiherald, "Think South Beach is crazy now? Here's what the club scene was like in 1994 | Miami Herald," 5 May 2018 My wife, an avid runner, isn't exactly wild about the substitute ring, but there's no denying its elegance or convenience. Zachary Lewis, cleveland.com, "Motiv lowers profile of fitness tracking tech with a sleek, powerful ring: Stretching Out," 18 Apr. 2018 Even now, top furniture designers continue to incorporate and reinvent his timeless elegance. Detroit Free Press, "Everything you need to know about modern and contemporary design," 16 Apr. 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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