el·e·gant | \ˈe-li-gənt \

Definition of elegant 

1 : marked by elegance elegant clothes an elegant solution

2 : of a high grade or quality : splendid elegant gems priced at hundreds of thousands of dollars

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elegantly adverb

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choice, exquisite, elegant, rare, delicate, dainty mean having qualities that appeal to a cultivated taste. choice stresses preeminence in quality or kind. choice fabric exquisite implies a perfection in workmanship or design that appeals only to very sensitive taste. an exquisite gold bracelet elegant applies to what is rich and luxurious but restrained by good taste. a sumptuous but elegant dining room rare suggests an uncommon excellence. rare beauty delicate implies exquisiteness, subtlety, and fragility. delicate craftsmanship dainty sometimes carries an additional suggestion of smallness and of appeal to the eye or palate. dainty sandwiches

Examples of elegant in a Sentence

an elegant solution to the problem the most elegant First Lady in the nation's history

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Other hospital systems have more modern buildings, with elegant lobbies and patient rooms that resemble hotel suites. Daniel Chang, miamiherald, "Your taxes are paying for this $1.5 billion makeover to Miami's public hospital system | Miami Herald," 9 May 2018 Additional amenities are a state-of-the-art security system, an elegant lobby, and ongoing training and marketing support for members to develop their business profitably. Laura Groch, sandiegouniontribune.com, "New business roundup, March 1," 1 Mar. 2018 Birds of the Photo Ark, with striking portraits of over 250 birds by photographer Joel Sartore and elegant prose from record-setting birder Noah Strycker, is available now at shopng.com/books. National Geographic, "The Biggest Bird That Ever Lived and 5 More Bird Superstars," 15 May 2018 Opting for very different looks for the occasion, both the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Sussex looked quite elegant upon their arrival, while Harry and Wills were decked out in full military finery. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Makes Surprise Appearance at RAF Centenary," 10 July 2018 While attending her first British wedding as a member of the royal family, the Duchess of Sussex found the perfect accessory to her $5,490 Oscar de La Renta wrap dress — a simple but elegant fascinator! Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Meghan Markle Wore the Perfect Fascinator to Her First British Wedding as a Royal," 17 June 2018 The billboard, designed by South Florida graphic artist Charlique Ross, is simple yet elegant. Jordan Mcpherson, miamiherald, "What would a LeBron James-to-Miami Heat billboard look like? ESPN has an idea," 14 June 2018 Meghan's simple and elegant outfit is in keeping with her usual style. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Wore the Perfect Givenchy Dress for Her First Official Royal Event With the Queen," 14 June 2018 Turning 15 is a big deal for girls in many Hispanic cultures, calling for a big quinceañera party, a fluffy pink dress or an elegant gown, a tiara and lots of dancing. Polly Campbell, Cincinnati.com, "Cincy-Cinco will turn Cincinnati into Tacopolis to celebrate their quinceañera," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of elegant

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for elegant

Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin elegant-, elegans; akin to Latin eligere to select — more at elect

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English Language Learners Definition of elegant

: showing good taste : graceful and attractive

: simple and clever


el·e·gant | \ˈe-li-gənt \

Kids Definition of elegant

: showing good taste : having or showing beauty and refinement an elegant room

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