graceful

adjective
grace·​ful | \ ˈgrās-fəl \

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 \ 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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Recent Examples on the Web

New steps are going in this year, with a more graceful design. John Sowell, idahostatesman, "The steps at Boise's St. John's Cathedral lasted 2 decades. Here's what you'll see next," 30 Apr. 2018 At a glance, ballet is one of the most delicate, romantic, and graceful professions to ever exist. Tanisha Pina, Glamour, "The Best Foot Creams for Dry, Achy Feet, According to Ballerinas," 24 Sep. 2018 Hanoi also happens to be a perfect microcosm for the region—the timely, the timeless, the graceful, the infuriating, and the unfathomably delicious, all in a single, compact, and (relatively) manageable city. Peter Jon Lindberg, Condé Nast Traveler, "Hanoi, Time and Again," 20 Nov. 2018 Here too, contrast is the music’s engine: The orchestral writing is tough and dark, but the choral writing sings with an innocent sweetness that calls to mind the graceful, floating textures of the Fauré Requiem. Allan Kozinn, WSJ, "‘Aequa’ by the International Contemporary Ensemble, ‘He(a)r’ by Nordic Affect and ‘Collider’ by Daníel Bjarnason Reviews," 18 Dec. 2018 Corallys Ortiz, a meteorologist at WBBJ network in Jackson, Tennessee, recently experienced the latter, and took to Facebook earlier this week to pen a graceful, powerful response, the Jackson Sun reports. Andrea Park, Allure, "Tennessee Meteorologist Corallys Ortiz Responds to Viewer’s Racist Criticism of Her Natural Hair," 21 Sep. 2018 Unlike the graceful wire-fu leaps in wuxia classics like Hero or the realistic digital creatures in the Jurassic Park series, Shaolin Soccer’s superheroics are sometimes cheap and cartoonish. Noel Murray, The Verge, "Get ready for the World Cup final with Shaolin Soccer," 13 July 2018 Drivers heading north on I-5, just before the James Street exit sign, can catch a fleeting glimpse of its graceful, broad-rounded crown of branches that sweep downward to the ground. Erik Lacitis, The Seattle Times, "‘It has a story to tell’: How a descendant of Napoleon’s willow tree took root on a Seattle hillside," 30 Oct. 2018 After her graceful foxtrot ended, Umstead's husband Rob and her guide dog, Aziza, gave her their love on the ballroom floor. Carole Glines, Fox News, "'DWTS' recap: first blind competitor wows crowd as a live TV blunder hurts an Instagram star," 25 Sep. 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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The first known use of graceful was in 1557

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More Definitions for graceful

graceful

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of graceful

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

graceful

adjective
grace·​ful | \ ˈgrās-fəl \

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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