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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Naysa Modi was graceful and poised, a 12-year-old from Frisco, Tex. New York Times, "A Texas Wild Card Wins Spelling Bee With ‘Koinonia’," 1 June 2018 Costa will be paired up front with Chelsea's graceful winger Willian and Gabriel Jesus, who has scored 11 times for Manchester City this season. Thibault Marchand And Alexandre Fedorets,, "Brazil brace for life without Neymar in Russia," 22 Mar. 2018 Either one will make your gardening skills seem as graceful and effortless as any dancer. Ann Lien, House Beautiful, "This Planter Takes Care of Your Plant for Three Weeks Straight," 13 Mar. 2019 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

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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 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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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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