- tastefully fine or luxurious in dress, style, design, etc.: elegant furnishings.
- gracefully refined and dignified, as in tastes, habits, or literary style: an elegant young gentleman; an elegant prosodist.
- graceful in form or movement: an elegant wave of the hand.
- appropriate to refined taste: a man devoted to elegant pursuits.
- excellent; fine; superior: an absolutely elegant wine.
- (of scientific, technical, or mathematical theories, solutions, etc.) gracefully concise and simple; admirably succinct.
Origin of elegant
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Examples from the Web for elegantly
If anything, it would lose money gently, elegantly, hopefully not very much at one time.The Bookstore That Bewitched Mick Jagger, John Lennon, and Greta Garbo
December 16, 2014
In this elegantly crafted debut, Hauser wields the metaphor of a strained river with care.This Week’s Hot Reads: July 8, 2013
July 8, 2013
Data-moshing is elegantly used in this clip and clever editing and effects surround this video throughout.Miley Cyrus, Bruno Mars & More Best Music Videos of the Week (VIDEO)
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The Bling Ring is visceral, elegantly shot, and acerbic, as it probes the dark side of celebrity obsession.Sofia Coppola on ‘The Bling Ring,’ Celebrity Culture, Kanye West, More
June 13, 2013
And during his political career, he has specialized in writing and delivering elegantly constructed, thoughtful speeches.Obama’s Debate Performance: How Twitter Has Done Us Wrong
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James tilted his head and scratched his neck vigorously, but not elegantly.Love and Lucy
Maurice Henry Hewlett
I was elegantly dressed, and wore my cross set with brilliants.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
Elegantly dressed ushers were seating the people as they entered.The Arena
They are elegantly bound, and neatly packed in ornamental boxes.The Angel Children
Charlotte M. Higgins
It is a sacred thing and on this day the place in which it is kept is elegantly decorated.The Faith of Islam
- tasteful in dress, style, or design
- dignified and graceful in appearance, behaviour, etc
- cleverly simple; ingeniousan elegant solution to a problem
Word Origin and History for elegantly
late 15c., from Middle French élégant (15c.), from Latin elegantem (nominative elegans) "choice, fine, tasteful," collateral form of present participle of eligere "select with care, choose." Elegans was originally a term of reproach, "dainty, fastidious;" the notion of "tastefully refined" emerged in classical Latin. Related: Elegantly.