elegant

adjective
el·​e·​gant | \ ˈe-li-gənt How to pronounce elegant (audio) \

Definition of elegant

1 : marked by elegance elegant clothes an elegant solution
2 : of a high grade or quality : splendid elegant gems priced at hundreds of thousands of dollars

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elegantly adverb

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choice, exquisite, elegant, rare, delicate, dainty mean having qualities that appeal to a cultivated taste. choice stresses preeminence in quality or kind. choice fabric exquisite implies a perfection in workmanship or design that appeals only to very sensitive taste. an exquisite gold bracelet elegant applies to what is rich and luxurious but restrained by good taste. a sumptuous but elegant dining room rare suggests an uncommon excellence. rare beauty delicate implies exquisiteness, subtlety, and fragility. delicate craftsmanship dainty sometimes carries an additional suggestion of smallness and of appeal to the eye or palate. dainty sandwiches

Examples of elegant in a Sentence

an elegant solution to the problem the most elegant First Lady in the nation's history
Recent Examples on the Web Her office was elegant, small, with wood paneling, a cream and gold embroidered damask sofa, colorful paintings on the wall, both her own and from the State Department’s extensive collection. Huma Abedin, Vogue, 18 Oct. 2021 Prince William looked elegant as well, dressed in a classic black tuxedo. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 6 Oct. 2021 Bad good taste might be described as something akin to the ‘piss-elegant,’ a pretentious attempt at being discriminating and highfalutin. The Editors, Town & Country, 20 Sep. 2021 Not far off the Michigan Avenue entrance to the Art Institute of Chicago, a brief jog from the information desk, tucked into a corner gallery, there is an exhibition of drawings that are obsessive and elegant, unsettling and whimsical, all at once. Christopher Borrelli, chicagotribune.com, 20 Sep. 2021 The shadow-puppet images are arresting, elegant, and, yes, a nice way to minimize gore. BostonGlobe.com, 26 Aug. 2021 Copy the simple-yet-elegant style the Bridgerton girls are known for wearing for a costume that's comfortable and on-theme. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 26 Aug. 2021 After several difficult months of staying home in a mostly digital world, the brand was pushed to capture the determined spirit of nature and regrowth to bring forth something new, elegant, and grounded. Medgina Saint-elien, House Beautiful, 25 Aug. 2021 There has been no man finer, more elegant and more beautiful to walk the Earth than Charlie Watts. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, 25 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of elegant

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for elegant

Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin elegant-, elegans; akin to Latin eligere to select — more at elect

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The first known use of elegant was in the 15th century

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“Elegant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elegant. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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elegant

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of elegant

: showing good taste : graceful and attractive
: simple and clever

elegant

adjective
el·​e·​gant | \ ˈe-li-gənt How to pronounce elegant (audio) \

Kids Definition of elegant

: showing good taste : having or showing beauty and refinement an elegant room

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