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 Mike Goodman raised his golf club in a graceful arc, uncoiled and — with a swift metallic plink — sent the white ball streaking over the first fairway of the Worthington Manor Golf Club in Frederick County. Fredrick Kunkle, Washington Post, "Maryland open: State’s golfers celebrate lifting of emergency pandemic decree," 7 May 2020 The attention to detail here is remarkable, from the aforementioned orange stitching to the subtle carbon-fiber trim around the instrument display to the graceful dash lines that seamlessly cups the tablet screen. cleveland, "Affordable Nissan Sentra makes your pulse accelerate, until you hit the gas pedal (review)," 9 May 2020 But even in normal, non-pandemic times, the arc of a career is rarely a smooth, graceful curve. Heather Landy, Quartz at Work, "Watch: Quartz’s workshop on career building in quarantine," 3 May 2020 The fact of it isn’t a surprise; Gaige has been towing you to tragedy with the graceful crawl of a poet and the motorboat intensity of a suspense author. Elisabeth Egan, New York Times, "This Book Will Take You to Beautiful Places With Palm Trees," 30 Apr. 2020 Look at those beautiful, calm, graceful animals just walking around, just happily living their normal... Daniela Hernandez, WSJ, "Zoo Cams Offer Solace for Humans on Lockdown," 26 Apr. 2020 As Sir David Attenborough narrates and dramatic music mounts, a puma in the Chilean highlands stalks a herd of llama-like guanacos, watching the graceful creatures with her flat, unnerving predator’s gaze. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, "Pick Up the Damn Phone, and Other Thoughts on Ordering Restaurant Delivery," 2 Apr. 2020 This feels like a graceful transition over several years. Dina Bass / Bloomberg, Time, "Bill Gates Announces Departure From Microsoft's Board, Capping Years of Radical Change," 14 Mar. 2020 Such an an amazing and graceful role model for young women everywhere. Emma Colton, Washington Examiner, "'We are blessed to have you': Trump and supporters celebrate Melania's birthday," 26 Apr. 2020

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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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28 May 2020

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“Graceful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 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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