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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Cross went for casual elegance in Salvatore Ferragamo, slipping on its comfy trousers, a crop top, and a long topcoat for warmth. Vogue, "Brooklyn Beckham’s Carry-On Luggage Is a Cult Favorite," 21 May 2019 Its silverplate frame and tinted mirror shelves give it instant style, glamour and elegance. Elizabeth Pash, House Beautiful, "Why Every Home Could Use a Vintage Bar Cart," 17 May 2019 The model's hair also had a very Barbie-esque vibe to it: Worn in a super tight ponytail high on her head, her hair was tied with a black velvet bow, which added extra elegance to the look. Sally Holmes, Marie Claire, "Hailey Baldwin Wore a Bedazzled Thong on the Met Gala Red Carpet," 7 May 2019 The first two bear large quantities of red berries each winter, although there’s a symmetry and elegance to Oakland holly that sets it apart. Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, "Can’t keep a good holly shrub down — even when you want to," 9 Mar. 2018 The ability to combine those elements and the unique end result has always stuck with me in my approach to beauty, which embodies bringing together a natural base with elements of elegance and simplicity. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "14 Beauty Experts on the Lessons They’ve Learned From Their Mothers," 11 May 2019 Getty Images Getty Images The tongue-flashing was just a temporary pause in their otherwise sophisticated display, and the couple looked the picture of elegance and happiness two months after their lavish wedding celebrations. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Got Their Tongues Out at the Oscars Vanity Fair Party," 25 Feb. 2019 If anyone can do camp with elegance, Gemma nailed it. Sable Yong, Allure, "The Exact $88 Eye Shadow Palette Gemma Chan Wore to the 2019 Met Gala," 7 May 2019 The rest of the 5,000-square-foot space—which Prupas and Leverty share with their 10-year-old daughter, eight-year-old son, and two golden retrievers—conveys a similar elegance. Shoko Wanger, House Beautiful, "What It Takes to Create a Mountain Home That's Bright, Light and Modern," 17 Apr. 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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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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