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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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 Web-slinging boils down to a limited simple set of buttons, and these, combined with Insomniac's graceful inclusion of idiot-proof timing windows, make the act of sailing across Manhattan feel peerless in gaming. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Spider-Man PS4 review: Does whatever a spider can—and then some," 4 Sep. 2018 Her collection, like Piccioli’s, succeeded in pointing a way towards how a modern woman might put herself together in dignified, graceful high style; a wardrobe to frame personality, beyond trend, to keep forever. Sarah Mower, Vogue, "In Praise of Haute Couture, a Made-by-Hand Antidote to Much of What’s Ailing Fashion in 2018," 26 Jan. 2018 In an exquisite Lagerfeld creation, Knightley channeled princess glamour—confident, graceful, and entirely fashion-forward—without any of its regressive trappings. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "In Chanel Couture, Keira Knightley Goes Disney Princess at The Nutcracker’s World Premiere," 2 Nov. 2018 Our guide whispers to me that this graceful, confident woman was famous for performing Fado in the 1960s. Jill Gleeson, Good Housekeeping, "Menopause Doesn't Make Me Invisible," 5 Oct. 2018 Not always the most graceful navigator of his own fame, Smith, 26, also seems to have grown into himself as a person, performer and advocate — an air of self-assurance that informed every second of his Wednesday show. Drew Lazor,, "Sam Smith at the Wells Fargo Center: The Londoner rocks Philly on Independence Day," 5 July 2018 In a multidimensional performance showing all the light and dark of the game, Neymar, 26, was the hero, the villain, the most graceful player in the stadium and, for many, the most vexing. Andrew Keh, New York Times, "Brazil’s Joy Is Mexico’s Heartbreak in World Cup Knockout," 4 July 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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