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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The same playful elegance pervades the rest of the house. Jennifer Fernandez, House Beautiful, "Nick Olsen Designed Every Room in This NYC Townhouse to Feel Like a Surprise," 6 Feb. 2019 Next, the Elena Shackles, which are intricately carved and continue the kinky elegance created by Lelo's eye mask. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "I Tried Everything in Lelo's $1,900 Sex Toy Suitcase — Yes, Everything," 31 Aug. 2018 Location: Falmouth, Massachusetts Price: $1,850,000 Originally belonging to the founders of the Heritage Museum and Gardens in Sandwich, Massachusetts, this 6,544-square-foot estate embodies Cape Cod elegance. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "Cape Cod home with private beach access asks $1.85M," 28 Aug. 2018 Meghan Markle made her first Wimbledon appearance as a royal in Ralph Lauren alongside her sister-in-law Kate Middleton, while Emma Watson gave us classic elegance in all white. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Meghan Markle," 14 July 2018 Nissinen cites the dancer’s edge, quicksilver dynamics, and natural elegance. Karen Campbell, BostonGlobe.com, "Boston Ballet’s John Lam is set to soar in dances from Balanchine to Bournonville," 10 May 2018 His presence transmits the alchemistic harmony of well-being and extreme elegance and transforms luxury into a sweetness of living. Alejandro Jodorowsky, ELLE Decor, "A Conversation Between Hotelier Alan Faena and Filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky," 14 Nov. 2018 The setting, the Terrace at the Sunset Tower Hotel, provided the perfect de facto clubhouse for Vogue100 to launch in elegance and chat about all things red carpet, among florals from Lily Lodge. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "The Vogue100 Hosts an Intimate, Post-Golden Globes Lunch," 8 Jan. 2019 Ariana was the picture of elegance, pulling her hair back into her signature tight ponytail and wearing a light shimmer on her face that perfectly catches the camera’s flash. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande Walked Dog Myron in Pink Lipstick and a Matching Faux Fur Coat," 3 Jan. 2019

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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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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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