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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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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Here's the scoop: Back in the 19th and 20th centuries, people rang in the first of May with a particularly charming and elegant tradition. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Do You Remember May Basket Day?," 30 Apr. 2019 Honoree Pierpaolo Piccioli, creative director of Valentino, was flanked by supermodel Naomi Campbell in a strikingly elegant gold gown. Keaton Bell, Vogue, "See Taylor Swift and All the Celebrities Who Attended the Time 100 Gala," 24 Apr. 2019 The nanotube method is far more elegant and even managed to insert genes into chloroplasts, the organelles in plant cells responsible for photosynthesis. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "An Advance in Bioengineering Could Pave the Way for Tomorrow’s Superplants," 12 Mar. 2019 At the Golden Globes last month, Gaga stunned in an elegant blue Valentino Couture gown with a glittering diamond necklace. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Lady Gaga Wears a Black Gown and the Legendary 128 Carat Tiffany Diamond to the 2019 Oscars," 25 Feb. 2019 Unlike the mousse our mothers used that dried out hair and froze it in all its permed glory, mousse formulas today are more elegant and hydrating. Amy Marturana, SELF, "17 Styling Tricks Women with Fine, Flat Hair Need to Know," 21 Dec. 2018 She's worn everything from this elegant Oscar de la Renta gown to a more casual, body-hugging knitted dress. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "6 Brands Meghan Markle Wears That Also Make Adorable Baby Clothes," 21 Feb. 2019 But the most elegant solution is dark mode, which swaps the omnipresent black text on white backgrounds for white on black. David Pierce, WSJ, "Every Gadget and App Should Have a Dark Mode," 20 Jan. 2019 Shepherd, elegant in an animal-print tunic and dangly earrings, easily tucked her hands behind her head, displaying good range of motion. Paula Span, The Seattle Times, "Older patients have stories: Students, listen up," 26 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 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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