grace·​ful | \ ˈgrās-fəl How to pronounce graceful (audio) \

Definition of graceful

: displaying grace (see grace entry 1 sense 3) in form or action : pleasing or attractive in line, proportion, or movement a graceful dancer

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Other Words from graceful

gracefully \ ˈgrās-​fə-​lē How to pronounce gracefully (audio) \ adverb
gracefulness noun

Examples of graceful in a Sentence

He has become a very graceful dancer. the graceful movements of a ballerina She was a graceful young woman with delicate features. the long, graceful neck of a swan His writing is clear and graceful. There was no graceful way to say no to their offer.
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Look at that, as graceful as a gazelle fleeing from a cheetah. Breanna Edwards, The Root, "Watching the Racist Lawyer Who Threatened to Call ICE on Spanish Speakers Run Away From Reporters Is My New Favorite Thing Ever," 18 May 2018 Grant Wood’s early paintings, such as The Spotted Man, a male nude, and Yellow Doorway, a street scene in France, completed in 1924 and 1926 respectively, are graceful Impressionist works. Danny Wilcox Frazier, Smithsonian, "In Search of the Real Grant Wood," 21 Feb. 2018 The song, a graceful and sweet kiss-off track, has since become not only a chart-topping hit but a pop culture moment. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Grande has a burn book and masters the bend and snap in her “thank u,next” music video.," 30 Nov. 2018 Gemma Chan walks a red carpet like a queen, always a graceful presence, always a visual feast; and the 2019 Met Gala — the actress's first — is no exception. Sable Yong, Allure, "The Exact $88 Eye Shadow Palette Gemma Chan Wore to the 2019 Met Gala," 7 May 2019 Soon these tokens were dancing on Belle Époque wrists, dangling from ribbons tied around graceful necks. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "How Toni + Chloë Goutal Turned French Love Tokens Into Keepsake Rings," 22 Apr. 2019 Steeped in romance, each stilted, handcrafted mud-and-thatch suite is adorned with graceful antiques, grand chandeliers and elegant African treasures. Town & Country, "These Are the 83 Top Hotels Around the World," 6 Oct. 2016 Naysa Modi was graceful and poised, a 12-year-old from Frisco, Tex. New York Times, "A Texas Wild Card Wins Spelling Bee With ‘Koinonia’," 1 June 2018 Costa will be paired up front with Chelsea's graceful winger Willian and Gabriel Jesus, who has scored 11 times for Manchester City this season. Thibault Marchand And Alexandre Fedorets,, "Brazil brace for life without Neymar in Russia," 22 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of graceful

1557, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for graceful

see grace entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of graceful

: moving in a smooth and attractive way
: having a smooth and pleasing shape or style
: polite or kind


grace·​ful | \ ˈgrās-fəl How to pronounce graceful (audio) \

Kids Definition of graceful

: showing grace or beauty in form or action graceful dancers

Other Words from graceful

gracefully \ -​fə-​lē \ adverb

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