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 graceful (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 Privately, representatives of his campaign — including a bearded Brooklyn city councilman named Bill de Blasio, a Cuomo acolyte who had worked for him at H.U.D. — communicated with McCall’s team about possible terms for a graceful exit. New York Times, "Andrew Cuomo’s White-Knuckle Ride," 13 Apr. 2021 Alade’s performance is incisive and graceful, while Kidjo’s is steady and solid, molded by the authority of decades of international prestige. Mankaprr Conteh, Rolling Stone, "Angélique Kidjo and Yemi Alade Make a Forceful Demand for ‘Dignity’," 30 Mar. 2021 As an amateur whisker, his motions were nowhere near as graceful. Washington Post, "This key lime pie is a great tool for building kids’ — or your — confidence in the kitchen," 19 Mar. 2021 There are plain ones and fancy ones, big ones and little ones, ugly ones and graceful ones. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, "Jim Bowie: The Man, the Myth, and the Knife," 16 Mar. 2021 Even more striking is his Liebestod, in Liszt’s arrangement—a free, rhapsodic, surprisingly graceful account, in keeping with Proust’s tendency to cherish Wagner on his own terms, without grandiose hysteria. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "Conjuring the Music of Proust’s Salons," 15 Mar. 2021 His breathtaking, graceful arcs were a thing of beauty. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "Essential California: Stimulus time, again," 11 Mar. 2021 The show is a graceful mix of vintage and contemporary work, by artists both well known and obscure. Alicia Eler, Star Tribune, "Nostalgic for the music scene? Minneapolis gallery offers a visual tour," 11 Mar. 2021 The direction is serene and firm, with the camerawork playing graceful tricks on the audience while Ludovico Einaudi’s cool score lowers the boom. Globe Staff,, "‘The Father’: Anthony Hopkins confronts the dying of the light," 10 Mar. 2021

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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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17 Apr 2021

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“Graceful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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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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