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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Olivas prepares an elegant, on-brand spread for $40: a 1-ounce tin of California farmed white sturgeon roe paired with brightly popping trout roe, joined by sides of tostadas, crema and avocado. Los Angeles Times, "Silver Lake’s Ceviche Project is a restaurant made for summertime," 8 Aug. 2019 The elegant, restrained installation of these historic treasures is punctuated at intervals by contemporary works that are not only surprising, but also attest to the relevance of animal subject matter to modern-day Japanese artists. Karen Wilkin, WSJ, "‘The Life of Animals in Japanese Art’ Review: From Adorable to Fearsome," 25 June 2019 This jumpsuit is her, grown-up — elegant, but, still, showing some tit. Soraya Roberts, Longreads, "Fashions Fade, But Fleabag Is Forever," 8 June 2019 But China’s new acquisition, Syngenta, may have a more elegant approach. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "To feed its 1.4 billion, China bets big on genome editing of crops," 29 July 2019 Smoke spills across the stage as two lithe men expertly climb a set of elegant aerial silks. Kaitlyn Bancroft, The Know, "Come one, come all: Rainbow Militia brings a free circus to underserved Denver communities," 27 July 2019 Concierges of sorts in the shop added a final, elegant touch. Byron Mccauley, Cincinnati.com, "Barber Donnie Johnson closed his Over-The-Rhine shop before Father's Day. He died 3 weeks later.," 25 July 2019 Its shoulder-grazing cut is way more elegant than its now-$12.99 price tag may reflect. Tess Garcia, PEOPLE.com, "Amazon Prime Day Is Full of Size-Inclusive Fashion Markdowns — Here’s What to Shop," 16 July 2019 Gives a casual look when filled with brightly colored flowers, a more elegant feel with trailing greens. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Colorful, whimsical or classic, yard art can enhance your garden’s overall appeal," 3 July 2019

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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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