grace·​ful ˈgrās-fəl How to pronounce graceful (audio)
: displaying grace (see grace entry 1 sense 3) in form or action : pleasing or attractive in line, proportion, or movement
a graceful dancer
gracefully 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.
Recent Examples on the Web The performance was a work of balletic art that completely captivated me with its graceful movements. Armstrong Williams, Baltimore Sun, 24 May 2024 These huge achievements have paved the way for Black models today as Campbell’s graceful and confident walk is constantly a reference for up-and-coming models. Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 22 May 2024 Countless imitators have learned from — and been emboldened by — her blend of raw revelations, graceful melodies and wily productions, abetted by her brother and songwriting partner, Finneas. Jon Pareles, New York Times, 17 May 2024 Guests can snorkel the artificial Grand Reef teeming with fish and graceful rays, spend hours floating the lazy river that winds under waterfalls, and hand-feed birds in the aviary. Angela Caraway-Carlton, Miami Herald, 15 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for graceful 

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Word History


see grace entry 1

First Known Use

1557, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of graceful was in 1557

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“Graceful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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