gra·​ci·​o·​so ˌgrä-sē-ˈō-(ˌ)sō How to pronounce gracioso (audio)
plural graciosos
: a buffoon in Spanish comedy

Examples of gracioso in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With Edusei’s fastidious beat, the orchestra played with hair-trigger precision, and a huge dynamic range, in Ravel’s Alborada del gracioso. Dallas News, 8 Jan. 2022 Maurice Ravel’s Alborada del gracioso and Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2. Dallas News, 10 Jan. 2022 The same praise could be heaped upon Maurice Ravel’s Alborada del gracioso, which opened the evening. Paul Hodgins, Orange County Register, 19 May 2017

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Word History


Spanish, from gracioso, adjective, agreeable, amusing, from Latin gratiosus

First Known Use

1749, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gracioso was in 1749

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“Gracioso.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

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