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
Recent Examples on the Web Devs shouldn’t be afraid to use new kinds of tech with their existing coding efforts—for example, leveraging a low-code platform and robotic process automation when appropriate to produce a less expensive and more elegant software solution. Forbes, "Tech Leaders Share 12 Helpful Habits Of Top-Performing Developers," 5 May 2021 Chloé Zhao made history as the first woman of color to win Best Director, and took the stage in an effortlessly elegant Hermès dress, sneakers, and pigtail braids. Sam Sussman, Vogue, "Images of the Week: Remembering Alber Elbaz," 1 May 2021 Subtly freshening up an old formula is the best way to color inside the lines and still look elegant. Justin Fenner, Robb Report, "From a 24K Gold Suit to ’70s Swagger: The Oscars’ Best-Dressed Men Suited Up to Celebrate," 25 Apr. 2021 For the bride who never wanted a princess ballgown and instead, admires the beauty of an effortlessly elegant slip dress. Colleen Sheehan, Town & Country, "Spring 2022 Bridal Trends to Keep In Mind For Your Upcoming Nuptials," 23 Apr. 2021 With the bulky train removed, Mbatha's Princess Mirembe was able to dance along to the music in her simpler, elegant dress. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "'Coming 2 America' wedding dress was so massive, bride Nomzamo Mbatha needed help to the altar," 13 Mar. 2021 Her elegant black dress, designed by Giorgio Armani, featured a striking lotus flower design that her staff said symbolized revival and a will to live. Mark Landler, New York Times, "‘I Just Didn’t Want to Be Alive Anymore’: Meghan Says Life as Royal Made Her Suicidal," 7 Mar. 2021 On the 2008 Fearless cover, Taylor appeared to be wearing an elegant white dress with a delicate halter top. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Taylor Swift's Outfit on the New 'Fearless' Cover Might Be a Meaningful Easter Egg," 13 Feb. 2021 But don’t look for anything that looks elegant and upscale. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Cleveland chef Doug Katz lays Fire Food and Drink to rest to focus on Zhug, Chutney B. and his Chimi ghost kitchen," 15 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of elegant was in the 15th century

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9 May 2021

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“Elegant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elegant. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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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

Other Words from elegant

elegantly adverb

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