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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Recent Examples on the Web The delay in the Reimer case, however, was unprecedented, and every day without a ruling fed a mounting fear at OSI that Reimer would be granted a graceful exit, an untroubled death on U.S. soil. Debbie Cenziper, Washington Post, "The Mystery of the Trawniki Nazis," 23 Jan. 2020 Exceptionally well balanced and graceful, Weatherby’s Backcountry is built around their slender 6-lug Mark V action in standard calibers, and the 9-lug Mark V in magnum chamberings. Outdoor Life, "The Best New Hunting Rifles of 2020," 23 Jan. 2020 The prospect is doubly sad when the player in question is one of the sport’s most graceful. Robert O'connell, The Atlantic, "Kevin Durant’s Disastrous Comeback," 11 June 2019 Her contractor convinced her to build a wraparound deck, to take advantage of the now unobstructed views of the river and the graceful arches of the Bibb Graves Bridge. al, "Alabama city still rebuilding a year after devastating tornado," 19 Jan. 2020 An incredibly graceful statue, called Africa Dances depicts a woman caught in the midst of a powerful performance. Allison Keyes, Smithsonian Magazine, "How the Heroes of Africa Triumphed Against All Odds," 13 Jan. 2020 Swords flashing in the morning sun, the young women twirl, cartwheel and then kick in unison, finishing their graceful movements in a centuries old kung fu fighting stance. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Kung Fu Nuns of Nepal boost their health in the fight for women's rights," 20 Dec. 2019 Further detailing the epic, sweeping nature of The Witcher's story would be to deprive audiences of unexpected, rather graceful reveals that the scripts tease out in due time. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What to Watch (and Skip) In Theaters and on Netflix This Weekend," 18 Dec. 2019 These gentle graceful body movements may prevent some diseases and may accelerate the healing process, restore balance, increase flexibility, boost energy levels, calm the mind and are great stress relievers., "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 9 Dec. 2019

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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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“Graceful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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How to pronounce graceful (audio)

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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