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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The apartment is immaculate—done up in charcoal and silver, with gilded accents and a tasteful smatter of lucite. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "Bethenny Frankel Doesn't Need to Be Thanked. But She Wouldn't Mind a Little Gratitude From President Trump.," 14 Sep. 2018 The murder of Marion Gilchrist in Glasgow in December 1908 shocked that Scottish city; the churchgoing 82-year-old woman was brutally and fatally beaten in her own home in a tasteful neighborhood. Mary Ann Gwinn, The Seattle Times, "Lit Life: Three true-crime stories that are stranger than fiction," 2 July 2018 Mexican muralism banished tasteful public decorum for blunt social agitation, essential to its Great Depression era. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "'Made in L.A. 2018': Why the Hammer biennial is the right show for disturbing times," 5 June 2018 There, men must wear a suit and tie and women are asked to wear tasteful dresses and a hat. Steven Stolman, Town & Country, "What It's Really Like to Attend Royal Ascot," 20 June 2018 Buying similarly sized buttons with 3.5mm connectors can already add up to the $100 asking price of other controllers, and that doesn't include XAC's tasteful slope design, rubberized feet, or full-hub architecture. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "In the lab with Xbox’s new Adaptive Controller, which may change gaming forever," 17 May 2018 Mae All Over Lace Padded Bandeau Bralette: Perfect for low-cut tops and muscle tanks, this bandeau in floral lace keeps a peek-a-boo moment very tasteful. Susan Brickell, Health.com, "The Bra and Underwear Sale You Won't Want to Miss on Amazon Tomorrow," 12 July 2018 And the sound effects that rolled underneath the narrative material were all tasteful — an important hurdle to clear, given that the topics included concentration camps, where some of Ligeti’s family members were killed. Seth Colter Walls, New York Times, "Review: Ligeti Sounded Thrilling, When Alarm Will Sound Was Let Loose," 18 Mar. 2018 Technology, like tasteful home decor, is here both aide and abettor — which is in part why San Francisco is the perfect setting for this story. Chelsea Leu, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘Daphne,’ by Will Boast," 9 Feb. 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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