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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Yet this form of liberation could also conveniently keep women trim and graceful. Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, The Atlantic, "The World That Jazzercise Built," 16 June 2019 Is there any subtle and graceful way to deter these shutterbugs? Amy Dickinson, The Denver Post, "Ask Amy: Anxious bridesmaid feels she ruined a wedding," 15 June 2019 Is there any subtle and graceful way to deter these shutterbugs? Ask Amy,, "Ask Amy: Bridesmaid trips and apologizes but now she’s getting the silent treatment -- maybe for another reason," 15 June 2019 Is there any subtle and graceful way to deter these shutterbugs? Amy Dickinson, The Mercury News, "Ask Amy: She won’t speak to me after I ruined her wedding," 15 June 2019 Whatever the provocation, Chasten's response is on point and graceful. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Pete Buttigieg's Husband Chasten Shared an Empowering Coming Out Message," 3 Apr. 2019 Although courteous, graceful, and charming, there was little warmth; the migrainous person was cold, aloof, detached. Katherine Foxhall, Time, "How A Nurse With a Hole in Her Skull Changed The Medical History of Migraines," 18 June 2019 Whatever loneliness and drama may have defined her personal life, the Gloria Vanderbilt who appeared in the pages of T&C was always graceful, beautiful, and glamorous—a paragon of privilege and poise. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "Gloria Vanderbilt Was a Survivor, a Chameleon, and a Social Icon," 18 June 2019 Look at that, as graceful as a gazelle fleeing from a cheetah. Breanna Edwards, The Root, "Watching the Racist Lawyer Who Threatened to Call ICE on Spanish Speakers Run Away From Reporters Is My New Favorite Thing Ever," 18 May 2018

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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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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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