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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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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The elegant rotunda entry behind the leaded glass paneled front door features a limestone floor with a decorative medallion inlay bordered by marble accents. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Hilltop location with panoramic views in Dublin," 18 June 2019 Zune’s adoptive parents told him that one of the people who had facilitated his adoption was a tall, elegant Guatemalan woman named Ofelia Rosal de Gama. Rachel Nolan, Harper's magazine, "Destined for Export," 10 June 2019 Moreland wanted to do better, with a solution that was as elegant as the 911 itself. Alex Davies, WIRED, "A Very Fast Spin Through the Hills in a Hybrid Porsche 911," 10 June 2019 From general experience the mathematics of basic things at the end always turns out to be elegant. Quanta Magazine, "Mathematicians Discover the Perfect Way to Multiply," 11 Apr. 2019 This simple and summery cake is a light and elegant addition to any cookout spread. ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Orange and Rosemary Olive Oil Cake," 5 June 2019 All Modern's best-seller is nearly half the price of West Elm's look-alike and both will look equally elegant in your living room. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "QUIZ: Can You Guess Which of These Home Decor Items Is Cheaper?," 14 Aug. 2018 Who says being an elegant grown-up means having to strap your toes into vertiginous prison cells, forcing you to hobble from Uber to entrance? Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "These Offbeat Black-Tie Shoes Are Crazy, Comfy, Cool," 17 Mar. 2019 This could be the most elegant spatula in the kitchen drawer. BostonGlobe.com, "A pretty, functional lifter and turner," 26 June 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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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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