Definition of gracious
2a : marked by kindness and courtesy a gracious hostb : gracefulc : marked by tact and delicacy : urbaned : characterized by charm, good taste, generosity of spirit, and the tasteful leisure of wealth and good breeding gracious living
Examples of gracious in a sentence
Phoebe closed her eyes, seeing her father moving like a shadow among his guests, gracious, smiling, pouring wine and exchanging greetings. —Judith Berry Griffin, Phoebe the Spy, 1977
The reception started in orderly enough fashion—gracious and leisurely. Paula Locker, the President of the Club, met me at the door, and I took my place in line with her, with Fishbait Miller doing the introducing. —Lady Bird Johnson, A White House Diary, 1970
If there are not too many in the group, you might inquire solicitously about their health. If you are in a particularly gracious mood, you might even give them a brief resume of your physical condition. —Groucho Marx, letter of 15 Nov. 1951in The Groucho Letters1987
This is not a surprise given the welcome, gracious atmosphere, the uncommon competence of the kitchen, with its familiar Little Italy Italian menu … and the restaurant's credible wine list. —Mark Bittman, New York Times, 26 June 2002
Thank you for your gracious hospitality.
The magazine promotes gracious living.
Origin and Etymology of gracious
Middle English, from Anglo-French gracieus, from Latin gratiosus enjoying favor, agreeable, from gratia
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of gracious
GRACIOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of gracious for English Language Learners
: very polite in a way that shows respect
: having or showing the attractive things (such as charm, good taste, and comfort) that are associated with having a lot of money
—used as an interjection to express mild surprise or for emphasis
GRACIOUS Defined for Kids
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