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[greys-fuh l] /ˈgreɪs fəl/
characterized by elegance or beauty of form, manner, movement, or speech; elegant:
a graceful dancer; a graceful reply.
Origin of graceful
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1375-1425; See origin at grace, -ful
Related forms
gracefully, adverb
gracefulness, noun
nongraceful, adjective
nongracefully, adverb
nongracefulness, noun
limber, lithe, lissome. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for graceful
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  • That being impossible, none other was graceful; hence none other was to be considered.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • That graceful maiden is too lovely for any destiny meaner than a royal marriage.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • Kate's nature was limited; part of her graceful equipoise was narrowness.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • She's as graceful as a deer, and I'm sure she'll run as fast as any of them.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • Her perfect figure, perfectly encased, was graceful in every long curve.

British Dictionary definitions for graceful


characterized by beauty of movement, style, form, etc
Derived Forms
gracefully, adverb
gracefulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for graceful

mid-15c., "full of grace," also "pleasant, sweet," from grace (n.) + -ful. Meaning "with pleasing or attractive qualities" is from 1580s. Related: Gracefully; gracefulness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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