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gracile

[gras-il]
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adjective
  1. gracefully slender.
  2. slender; thin.
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Origin of gracile

First recorded in 1615–25, gracile is from the Latin word gracilis slender, slight, thin
Related formsgra·cil·i·ty [gra-sil-i-tee, gruh-] /græˈsɪl ɪ ti, grə-/, grac·ile·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for gracile

Historical Examples

  • She heard it, too, for the gracile fingers fell from the strings.

    The Valiants of Virginia

    Hallie Erminie Rives

  • He studied Persis; how beautiful she was, how soft and gracile, how apt to endearments!

  • Beatrice suggests to me something slim and gracile rather than two hundred pounds of hump-backed and enterprising pork.

  • Before he recognized the olive-green tailor suit which he had come to know, he noticed the firm yet gracile move of her.

  • Varro ascribes to him the gracile genus dicendi, the distinguishing features of which were venustas and subtilitas.


British Dictionary definitions for gracile

gracile

adjective
  1. gracefully thin or slender
  2. a less common word for graceful
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Derived Formsgracility (ɡræˈsɪlɪtɪ) or gracileness, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin gracilis slender
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Word Origin and History for gracile

adj.

1620s, from Latin gracilis "slender, thin, fine; plain, simple." Not etymologically connected to grace but often regarded as if it is. Perhaps a dissimilated form related to Latin cracens "slender;" if so, perhaps cognate with Sanskrit krsah "thin, weak," Avestan keresa- "lean, meager," Lithuanian karštu "to be very old, to age."

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