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An elegant floral bouquet.

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adjective
    The definition of elegant is someone or something luxurious in a restrained manner or something that is very well-thought through yet simple.

    1. An example of elegant is a white tablecloth restaurant that serves many courses with wine pairings.
    2. An example of elegant is an easy solution to a very difficult situation.


elegant

  1. characterized by dignified richness and grace, as of design, dress, style, etc.; luxurious or opulent in a restrained, tasteful manner
  2. characterized by a sense of propriety or refinement; impressively fastidious in manners and tastes
  3. marked by concision, incisiveness, and ingenuity; cleverly apt and simple: an elegant solution to a complex problem
  4. Informal excellent; fine; first-rate

Origin of elegant

French élégant from Classical Latin elegans present participle of an unverified form elegare from e-, out + an unverified form legare, variant, variety of legere, to choose: see logic


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adjective

Characterized by or exhibiting refined, tasteful beauty of manner, form, or style. See Synonyms at exquisite.

Origin of elegant

Middle English from Old French from Latin ēlegāns ēlegant- present participle of *ēlegāre variant of ēligere to select ; see elect .

Related Forms:

  • el′e·gant·ly

    adverb

Adjective

(comparative more elegant, superlative most elegant)

  1. Characterised by or exhibiting elegance.
  2. Characterised by minimalism and intuitiveness while preserving exactness and precision.
    an elegant solution
Origin

From Middle French elegant, ultimately from Latin elegans.

See also: élégant

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Sentence Examples


  • And then he stepped forward, looking elegant in a dark tuxedo.
  • Natasha turned her pretty little head toward the elegant young officer and smiled at him over her bare shoulder.
  • He looked elegant in a light gray suit that accentuated his dark tan.
  • They were a handsome couple, the elegant woman's hair so fine and blonde it resembled white silk.
  • He looked so elegant — so sophisticated.
 
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