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 graceful (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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Wes had so many insights into the psychology of each character and was just such a graceful man and so clever and so smart and witty, and full of stories from his career and life. Clark Collis,, 20 Dec. 2021 The 6-foot-9, 31-year-old center for the Phoenix Mercury, one of the most gifted and graceful athletes of her generation, awaits trial on drug charges in Russia. Lindsay Schnell, USA TODAY, 6 May 2022 Those graceful, highly huntable deer had snacked rural Scotland into a monoculture. New York Times, 5 May 2022 Kind doesn’t always mean pleasant or even graceful. Washington Post, 4 May 2022 From the low notes at the beginning leading up to the chorus, their graceful singing naturally brought back memories for those of us who’d listened to their first album by the same name over and over again in the late ’90s. Billboard Japan, Billboard, 26 Apr. 2022 The albatross of celebrity has loomed over much of Mitchell’s work; For the Roses was her graceful first tangle with it as a superstar. Spin Staff, SPIN, 22 Apr. 2022 Makeup artist Kale Teter complemented the hairstyle created by DJ Quintero, by leaning into the graceful ingenue look with plenty of blush and long, fluttery lashes to boot. Abby Dupes, Seventeen, 21 Apr. 2022 Tucked into Roxbury’s Eliot Square, a historic neighborhood of wide brick sidewalks and graceful open spaces, the Timilty School fits seamlessly between adjacent landmarks. Globe Staff,, 16 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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The first known use of graceful was in 1557

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23 May 2022

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“Graceful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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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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