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

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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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As seen on an elegant fashion plate like the Duchess of Sussex, the style comes in a wide range of designs—pointed toe, rounded toe, stiletto heel, block heel—and goes with virtually any winter-ready ensemble. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "The 7 Celeb-Approved Winter Boots to Try This Winter," 4 Dec. 2018 Other highlights include an elegant Leo Smith recording with Bowie as a sideman, and there are three discs by drummer Jack DeJohnette. Martin Johnson, WSJ, "‘The Art Ensemble of Chicago and Associated Ensembles’ Review: First-Rate Riffs From the Second City," 3 Dec. 2018 In every place where the iPad is restricted but elegant, the Pixel Slate is open but slapdash. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "Google Pixel Slate review: slapdash," 27 Nov. 2018 Both women wore elegant all black for the celebration. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton Honored Veterans Together for Remembrance Day," 11 Nov. 2018 Blanc has an elegant creepiness, almost ghostly in her elongation but always quietly in control. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Suspiria and Border offer two very different tales of otherworldly creatures," 26 Oct. 2018 Kate wore an elegant Alexander McQueen gown for the evening, paired with the Cambridge's Lovers Knot tiara and a pearl and diamond necklace that once belonged to Princess Alexandra of Denmark. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Wore a Gray Blazer and Black Jeans to Visit Coach Core," 30 Oct. 2018 Turquoise is elegant, Porceddu explains, and also universally appealing. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "At the Pastagram, everyone was eating, and no one was taking pictures of it.," 15 Oct. 2018 Yes, Susanne wore elegant lace ball gowns with petticoats during the evening, but switched into minimal tube dresses during the day. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "How One Danish It Girl and Her Best Friends Are Restyling Her Mom’s ’90s Couture Clothes," 1 Oct. 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 \

Kids Definition of elegant

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

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