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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Other Words from elegant

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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The sandwiches are modern and elegant, with surprising flavors. Rebecca White, Dallas News, "The tea sandwich has returned, and it's modern and creative," 16 July 2019 The big new medical education building in Midtown, built by the Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University, is sleek and elegant, with a large central atrium, tons of natural light and visually stunning interiors. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "Is CWRU-Clinic Health Education Campus just another big shiny box at a sprawling medical center? - Steven Litt," 14 July 2019 Listed by Amy Bernstein with Bernstein Realty, this custom two-story home is described as stunning, spacious and elegant, with striking brick elevation. Emilia Benton, Houston Chronicle, "Custom traditional home available in Memorial West," 14 July 2019 An elegant, intelligent and nimble supporting striker, the Juventus man is evasive in a similar way to Messi, and also works hard for the team defensively. SI.com, "4 Argentina Players Who Could Replace Lionel Messi at International Level," 3 July 2019 In the photo, McPhee changed from her custom Zac Posen wedding gown into an elegant, white, off-the-shoulder dress, also designed by Posen. Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, "Inside Katharine McPhee and David Foster's 'Perfect Day' — See Their Gorgeous Wedding Album!," 3 July 2019 Every detail was perfect, elegant, and classic, just like Jen. Nicole Pomarico, refinery29.com, "Good Luck Finding Where The Hills' Jen Bunney Is Now," 25 June 2019 Its interior is just as elegant, and interior finishes are rich. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "$1.1M Birmingham home is a 'secluded haven' on unusual lot," 22 June 2019 Written in elegant, lucid prose, her book is a treasure trove of European cultural riches and scandalous intrigue. The Economist, "The life and loves of Alma Mahler," 14 June 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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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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