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 The grille is more tasteful and wears a clever G-mesh design, and the lines are a little more graceful. Jason Fogelson, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 Both are graceful, thoughtful, and unrushed, keeping their wits at the heart of an inflammatory tale—not to douse it but to control the course of its fury. Richard Brod, The New Yorker, 11 Aug. 2021 In preparations for the Republican National Convention in 2016, the city considered building a graceful, 900-foot-long pedestrian bridge designed by Boston bridge architect Miguel Rosales from the northeast corner of the Mall to the Rock Hall. Steven Litt, cleveland, 12 Apr. 2021 They are regarded as among the most beautiful of all Bugattis, evoking speed and expressing the graceful spirit of Art Deco style. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 23 Aug. 2021 The congressman, enthralled by Grace’s graceful argument, relents quickly. Rodney Ho, ajc, 23 Aug. 2021 Readers knew to expect in a Flanigan column percipience and foresight, expressed in graceful, unaffected prose. Los Angeles Times, 22 Aug. 2021 And as characters in Davidson’s graceful rendering remind us, humans are equally resilient. John Mcmurtrie, New York Times, 16 Aug. 2021 Still, the uplifting news is that Deutchman’s film will screen at the Paris, the most graceful of Rugoff’s theatres, which has recently opened afresh. Anthony Lan, The New Yorker, 13 Aug. 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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8 Sep 2021

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“Graceful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 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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