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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In music circles, Mr. Portnow’s decision not to pursue an extension to his contract has been seen as a way to create a graceful exit from the academy’s troubles. Ben Sisario, New York Times, "Neil Portnow, Embattled Head of Grammys, to Step Down in 2019," 31 May 2018 Farouk’s story is written in a graceful, formal third person, with an almost unbearable reserve. Margot Livesey,, "Braiding lives of a Syrian refugee, a failed 23-year-old, and elderly accountant," 13 July 2018 On and off stage, American Ballet Theatre's prima ballerina Devon Teuscher is as graceful and stylish as can be. Minna Shim, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Stunning Night Out with Prima Ballerina Devon Teuscher," 25 June 2018 Gravity can do some crazy things when moving at incredible speeds or leaping feet into the air, but despite looking graceful or fierce from a distance, a close up of an Olympic athlete's face tells a different, hilarious story. Daniela Sternitzky-di Napoli, Houston Chronicle, "See some of the hilarious faces made by athletes at the 2018 Winter Olympics," 15 Feb. 2018 Image Bill Watrous, whose crisp and graceful playing made him one of the world’s most respected trombonists, died on July 3 at a hospital in Los Angeles. Giovanni Russonello, New York Times, "Bill Watrous, Trombonist and Bandleader, Is Dead at 79," 11 July 2018 Construction management software Building a house is a study in chaos, with a contractor bringing on dozens of subcontractors in a kind of ballet that’s anything but graceful. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "With construction workers scarce, homebuilders turn to robots, software," 25 June 2018 Mejier beautifully translates their dancing contrapuntal complexity to the harp, and her playing is luminous, resonant, and graceful. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Music / Post No Bills Lavinia Meijer rethinks the typically ornate sound of the harp for a minimalist repertoire," 5 June 2018 Their spare and graceful geometric patterns recall the work of a young Frank Lloyd Wright. Chicago Tribune,, "Algren Award runner-up: "Here Is Where the Taxi Driver Set His Wife on Fire" by GKS Waller," 2 June 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 \

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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