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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web The Turnout, in which orphaned sisters Dara and Marie run the ballet school founded by their elegant mother with a dedication that makes little room for anything else. Vogue, 29 May 2021 Avoid oversize pieces, and look for classic shapes in simple colors, such as white, mushroom, navy or red, for an elegant and finished look that ages well. Helen Carefoot, Arkansas Online, 29 May 2021 Now more than a simple luxury hotel, Palazzo Daniele is a retreat for artists and cosmopolitans, elegant travelers, and art lovers from all over the world. Harper's BAZAAR, 28 May 2021 The interviews, along with a series of elegant portraits of massacre survivors, are preserved in the Greenwood Cultural Center, which was built after years of advocacy by Don Ross and the former state senator Maxine Horner. Victor Luckerson, The New Yorker, 28 May 2021 Carlo Rovelli, a theoretical physicist whose specialty is quantum gravity, is also one of the warmest, most elegant and most lucid interpreters to the laity of the dazzling enigmas of his discipline. John Banville, WSJ, 28 May 2021 Jan Schaffers of Studio De Voogt penned the sleek, minimalist exterior while Rémi Tessier executed the elegant interior design. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 20 May 2021 The elegant Art Deco design is complemented by a spectacular five-meter wide chandelier inspired by the 62 grand chandeliers inside the hotel. Joanne Shurvell, Forbes, 4 May 2021 This pick also has a stamp of approval from nearly 80 Coach Outlet shoppers, with many praising its roomy size and elegant design. Nishka Dhawan, USA TODAY, 24 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of elegant was in the 15th century

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“Elegant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elegant. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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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 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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