elegant

adjective
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

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This year, Vanity Fair celebrates 100 years of designing elegant and always-innovative lingerie. Vogue, "The True History of the Ultimate Wardrobe Essential—Your Bra," 11 Mar. 2019 While further details are still being kept under wraps, everything points towards Turner and Jonas' nuptials being an elegant and star-studded affair. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sophie Turner & Joe Jonas Make Me Want to Know What Love Is," 10 Mar. 2019 Since Queen Leitzia's exact piece is sold out, here's an equally elegant and affordable Zara jumpsuit to shop. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Queen Letizia Wore a Stunning Zara Jumpsuit That Set Her Back Just $20," 31 Jan. 2019 The bathroom is huge and made with an elegant and soft pastel color marble. Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "The Best Room at...Hotel Splendide Royal in Paris," 8 Jan. 2019 The timeless haircut has inspired thousands of cuts around the world, and manages to be equal parts elegant and relaxed. Southern Living, "The Surprising Story Behind Princess Diana's Signature Haircut," 18 June 2018 Karl had a beard and a monocle, double-breasted suits, and then in his close friend the limpid-eyed, elegant, and aristocratic Jacques de Bascher a man whom Proust himself could have fallen for. Kennedy Fraser, Vogue, "From the Archives: Karl Lagerfeld, The Impresario," 19 Feb. 2019 Behind her, sharing the responsibility of cutting an elegant, two-tier white cake is fiance Liam Hemsworth, who also just so happens to be wearing a wedding-appropriate smart suit and tie. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Wait, Did Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth Just Quietly Get Married?," 24 Dec. 2018 The result is elegant and modern—and provides an unmatched amount of public space. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "28 Places Our Travel Specialists Say You Should Go in 2019," 17 Dec. 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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elegant

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of elegant

: showing good taste : graceful and attractive
: simple and clever

elegant

adjective
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

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