graceful

adjective
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 The space was lined with colorful flowers and a variety of trees that included graceful weeping willows. Susan Degrane, chicagotribune.com, "Flowers, fairies and purple peppers highlight Beverly group’s tour of area gardens," 16 Sep. 2020 There are also several bottles of delicate old vintage port, an expensive gift, and these make a graceful seasonal migration from the unit to the refrigerator’s crisper drawer. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's Magazine, "Reason Not the Need," 15 Sep. 2020 As the Chopin piece swelled to the grand coda, the dancers in gossamer white floated into their final, graceful positions, tulle settling in sighing little puffs around them, duh-dahhhhh. Washington Post, "Why do these ballet dancers dance when there’s no audience?," 7 Sep. 2020 Adults can practice this graceful form of exercise at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Shellie Lister, NOLA.com, "Get a library card and enjoy online programming," 30 Aug. 2020 The episode strains — too much, really — for graceful resolution. Darren Franich, EW.com, "The lovely lost black-ish episode finally takes its place in TV history: Review," 11 Aug. 2020 On the eastern slope of California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains, this National Scenic Area stretches over 18,610 acres of ecologically sensitive desert landscape, filled with graceful natural arches and curious rock formations. Libby Leonard, National Geographic, "This California landscape has a Confederate name—why?," 10 Aug. 2020 The sublime coordination of a flock of birds or a school of fish—built iteratively from the twitches and bumps of single individuals—turns instinctive behaviors into something vast and graceful. Adam Rogers, Wired, "What the Science of Animal Networks Reveals About Protests," 31 July 2020 The graceful residential street, part of which is a National Historic Landmark District, has undergone dramatic change since early June. Sarah Rankin, Star Tribune, "In former Confederate capital, a push to honor the enslaved," 28 July 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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19 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Graceful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/graceful. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for graceful

graceful

adjective
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

graceful

adjective
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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