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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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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Expect an older, elegant, Upper East Side-ier crowd, and drinks strong enough to knock you into the next century. Condé Nast Traveler, "Six Ways to Spend New Years Eve in New York: An Insider's Guide," 24 Dec. 2018 Play on the masculinity of the print with men’s inspired add-ons, such as loafers or a lean, sleek coat (like this one from Maximilian), and keep the rest of your look simple and elegant. Divya Bala, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Nail Statement Style This Winter," 30 Nov. 2018 The entire space is weaved with elegant, custom accents that suit her and her husband’s personal needs. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "This is How TV Personality Keltie Knight Crafted the Bedroom of Her Dreams," 25 Oct. 2018 Thus far during her time in Australia, Markle has kept her aesthetic simple and elegant. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Wore a Striped Martin Grant Dress for a Walk on Bondi Beach in Sydney," 18 Oct. 2018 Simple and elegant in any work setting, this classic silk shirt pairs easily with slacks, jeans and skirts. Caitlin King, The Seattle Times, "5 office essentials for a more fashionable fall," 1 Oct. 2018 Royal correspondent Emily Andrews reports that the elegant farmhouse is worth £2.5 million (about $3.2 million). Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Photos of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Cotswold Home Have Been Revealed for the First Time," 9 Jan. 2019 The hotel opened in 2016 with just a handful of rooms, each with an elegant cream-and-gold palette and furnishings in silk and taffeta. Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "The Best Room at...Hotel Splendide Royal in Paris," 8 Jan. 2019 Three figures in an architectural space are visible through open windows: a woman at the center with a lotus in hand is flanked by two ladies-in-waiting in elegant poses. Sharmila Mukherjee, The Seattle Times, "SAM’s ‘Peacock in the Desert’ opens the doors of our perception to the marvelous," 2 Jan. 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 \

Kids Definition of elegant

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

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