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

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Recently, Roger Federer, one of the greatest and most graceful tennis players of all time and the winner of 20 Grand Slam singles titles and 103 career titles, retired from the sport. Richard Lederer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Oct. 2022 By the late ’60s, though, the couple were creating longer and more graceful silhouettes. New York Times, 21 Oct. 2021 The Biden administration promised a more graceful immigration system, yet his team clings to Title 42 of the Public Health Service Act, leaning on COVID as a reason to reject those seeking asylum without a hearing., 24 Sep. 2021 But what the last month has made painfully clear is that even the world’s most graceful athletes are one step away from the entire league being thrown into chaos. Ben Cohen, WSJ, 21 June 2021 Rather than hang his head, Mayo, an unfailing optimist with a background in advertising and a penchant for armchair philosophy, shifted his gaze above ground to pull off one of the most graceful pivots by a venue in the pandemic era. Joseph Hudak, Rolling Stone, 15 June 2021 Practical, comfortable, graceful, and undeniably handsome, the plug-in 2022 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid has family transportation down pat and is one of the best hybrid minivans sold today. Car and Driver, 14 Aug. 2022 Raducanu cruised to the fourth round at Wimbledon, charming the fans with her athleticism and graceful style before retiring with breathing difficulty against Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia. New York Times, 26 June 2022 But he was built like a freaking dump truck, and was about as graceful. Alexander Darwin, Rolling Stone, 11 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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Cite this Entry

“Graceful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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