el·​e·​gant | \ ˈe-li-gənt How to pronounce elegant (audio) \

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

Other Words from elegant

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
Recent Examples on the Web Much like Dom’s prized bubbly, Takayama’s cuisine is refined and elegant. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 3 Aug. 2022 For a recent outing, Maroney styled his tee with navy pants and matching Vans sneakers, while Lawrence went simple yet elegant, opting for beige wide-leg trousers and black sandals. Rosa Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 1 Aug. 2022 Flavors include those of chocolate, dark plums, mandarins and a hit of minestrone; tannins are assertive but elegant and the background acidity is fiery. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 24 July 2022 The room is light and elegant, but still comfortable. Caron Golden, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 July 2022 The simple and elegant floor-length dress is sleeveless and features a boatneck. Hannah Dailey, Billboard, 18 July 2022 The music of Bizet and Gounod partakes of this tropism toward the elegant and pleasing. Janet Malcolm, The New Yorker, 14 July 2022 The pale pink walls in Benjamin Moore’s Precocious and botanical prints boost the room's tropical yet elegant atmosphere. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, 3 July 2022 This high-tech, high-design, do-it-all timepiece was designed to evoke both the sleek beauty and elegant precision of the Orca whale. The Editors, Outside Online, 2 July 2022 See More

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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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“Elegant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elegant. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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el·​e·​gant | \ ˈe-li-gənt How to pronounce elegant (audio) \

Kids Definition of elegant

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

Other Words from elegant

elegantly adverb

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