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 dining room combines with the great room with a two-sided fireplace and elegant formal lounge. Jordyn Noennig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer lists a Fox Point home on Lake Michigan for $3.75 million," 9 July 2020 If this soup is an elegant starter course for an adult dinner party, try using a sweet wine. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Chilled soups are an easy way to add fruits and vegetables to your diet," 9 July 2020 Nearby, the Hotel Arts Barcelona is a high-rise with cooly elegant guest rooms. Peter Terzian, Travel + Leisure, "The Top 5 Barcelona City Hotels," 8 July 2020 The elbow-length sleeves and an elegant V-neckline give our ultra-flattering ponte sheath a strong, professional vibe. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Brooks Brothers files for bankruptcy, offers up to 70 percent off select items," 8 July 2020 Thanks to a new collab between Hilton and Wayfair, your decor dreams can come true with this elegant duvet cover. Tanya Edwards, CNN Underscored, "These bedroom upgrades will make you feel like you’re in a luxury hotel," 6 July 2020 The Continental concept that debuted back in 2015 looked like a return to form for Lincoln, with elegant styling than included chrome door handles that were discreetly integrated into the window trim. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "Lincoln Continental Is Canceled as Brand Shifts to All-SUV Lineup," 2 July 2020 The exterior is defined by the hallmark columns and elegant front porch, ready for rocking in style, said Hewitt. Dallas News, "Kessler Park estate balances past and present," 28 June 2020 In style of play, the three were a study in contrasts: Worrell was fluidly elegant, Walcott was a fearsome power hitter, and the 5-foot-8 Mr. Weekes was compact and ruthlessly efficient. Huw Richards, BostonGlobe.com, "Everton Weekes, Cricket Star and Pioneer, Is Dead at 95," 12 July 2020

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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 8 Aug. 2020.

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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

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