elegant

adjective 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

elegantly

adverb

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

elegant

adjective

Definition of elegant for English Language Learners

  • : showing good taste : graceful and attractive

  • : simple and clever


ELEGANT Defined for Kids

elegant

adjective el·e·gant \ ˈe-li-gənt \

Definition of elegant for Students

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

elegantly

adverb


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