elegant

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adjective el·e·gant \ˈe-li-gənt\

Definition of elegant

  1. 1 :  marked by elegance elegant clothes an elegant solution

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

elegantly

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Examples of elegant in a Sentence

  1. an elegant solution to the problem

  2. the most elegant First Lady in the nation's history

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Origin and Etymology of elegant

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

Synonym Discussion of elegant

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

ELEGANT Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of elegant for English Language Learners

  • : showing good taste : graceful and attractive

  • : simple and clever


ELEGANT Defined for Kids

elegant

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adjective el·e·gant \ˈe-li-gənt\

Definition of elegant for Students

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

elegantly

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