taste·​ful | \ ˈtāst-fəl \

Definition of tasteful

1 : having, exhibiting, or conforming to good taste a tasteful display

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Other Words from tasteful

tastefully \ ˈtāst-​fə-​lē \ adverb
tastefulness noun

Examples of tasteful in a Sentence

a tasteful and attractive design a tasteful arrangement of white flowers and dark greenery

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Keeping things compact without sacrificing style, this pretty option has elegant curves and a tasteful two-toned look. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "All kinds of small dining tables for under $500," 1 Oct. 2018 For a lesson in this seamless carry off, look to Jennifer Lawrence, who strolled through the Place Vendôme this afternoon with boyfriend Cooke Maroney in tow, and her bombshell-leaning trademarks on tasteful display. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Jennifer Lawrence Has a Bombshell Bare Leg Moment in Paris," 8 Aug. 2018 The younger Hadid sister recently stepped out of her hotel in Paris sporting a simple, black bandeau bikini top and some tasteful underboob. Seventeen, "Bella Hadid Just Wore a Bikini Top on the Street, Looked Like a Total Badass," 29 June 2017 Gordon had made a name for himself designing tasteful dresses for young women about town, becoming a fixture in their circle along the way. Erik Maza, Town & Country, "Meet Wes Gordon, the Young Man Leading the Next Chapter of Carolina Herrera," 8 Aug. 2018 His goal call features a blend of tasteful vibrato and guttural enthusiasm that rises above the chorus of cheering fans and other color commentators. Amanda Christovich, USA TODAY, "Andres Cantor explains how his famous 'gol!' call came to be, gives his top 5 calls of the last decade," 13 July 2018 If only more mid-priced, New Orleans neighborhood restaurants served such tasteful, carefully prepared food. Brett Anderson, NOLA.com, "Echo's Pizza," 6 June 2018 Once again, Michelle Obama nearly stole the show this week with her smart look: fabulous, tasteful dresses; chic new bangs. Sarah Smith, Redbook, "Michelle Obama Looks Great (and I'm Not Embarrassed to Say It)," 22 Jan. 2013 Albanese decided on a tasteful mix of mid-century beach house and Swedish modern style, a blend that perfectly suited the vibe of Lake Simcoe. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "A Vivacious Canadian Lake House With a Joyful Sense of Irreverence," 24 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of tasteful

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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English Language Learners Definition of tasteful

: done or chosen with a knowledge of what is appealing, attractive, appropriate, or enjoyable : having or showing good taste


taste·​ful | \ ˈtāst-fəl \

Kids Definition of tasteful

: having or showing the ability to choose what is good, beautiful, or proper a tasteful color combination

Other Words from tasteful

tastefully \ -​fə-​lē \ adverb

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