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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Barrie's bohemian dream space—marked by a contemporary elegance and architectural richness—sealed the deal on his winning room. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Meet Barrie Livingstone, The Winner of Bravo's Best Room Wins Episode Nine," 27 June 2019 The sun sure has flare, but Saturn and its rings have elegance and class. Shannon Stirone, WIRED, "Space Photos of the Week: Saturn’s Rings Are Feelin’ Groovy," 22 June 2019 The new Mazda3 is the beginning of a company revival to deliver Japanese premium-ness, elegance and purity to all of its vehicles. (james Halfacre), San Diego Union-Tribune, "2019 Mazda3: elevated design, distinct character," 8 June 2019 Built in 1903 on the site of the former Bates House, the hotel was the definition of elegance and refinement. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "'Zebrowski was here' and so was his wrecking ball," 26 June 2018 For convenience and classic Parisian elegance, pick Hotel Regina Louvre, a grande dame built for the 1900 World’s Fair opposite the Louvre museum and adjacent to Jardin des Tuileries. Amy Tara Koch, Washington Post, "Finding European hotel rooms for families can be tough. Here are suggestions in eight cities.," 28 June 2019 Aphrodite Patoulidou’s elegance as both singer and actress put her a class above Tom, who thus became less her love than a charity case. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "Review: Stravinsky's exceedingly slow ‘Rake's Progress’ from West Hollywood to Ojai," 7 June 2019 The leather envelope closure, gold buttons, and logo zipper gave the otherwise plain bag the slightest touch of elegance, which was a plus. Glamour, "The Longchamp Le Pliage Bag Is the Perfect Tote Bag, Period," 18 Apr. 2019 Though the multi-sized paper pendant lights exude a modern, creative, and easy, undone elegance, the space is also classic and traditional enough for formal events. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "The Under-$10 Trend That Looks Expensive," 4 Apr. 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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