[ el-i-guhns ]
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  1. elegant quality: elegance of dress.

  2. something elegant; a refinement.

Origin of elegance

1500–10; <Middle French <Latin ēlegantia choiceness. See elegant, -ance

Other words from elegance

  • hy·per·el·e·gance, noun
  • o·ver·el·e·gance, noun
  • su·per·el·e·gance, noun

Words Nearby elegance

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How to use elegance in a sentence

  • She is always attired in black, and is utterly careless in dress, yet nothing can conceal her innate elegance of figure.

  • After all she, Hilda, possessed some mysterious characteristic more potent than the elegance and the goodness of Janet Orgreave.

    Hilda Lessways | Arnold Bennett
  • He was distinguished for personal courage, as well as taste for elegance and splendor, whence he was called the munificent.

  • He wrote verses with elegance in French, Spanish and Italian, and was a polisher of his native language in a barbarous age.

  • The elegance of his stature and the pensive melancholy of his classic features invested him with a peculiar power of fascination.

British Dictionary definitions for elegance



/ (ˈɛlɪɡəns) /

nounplural -gances or -gancies
  1. dignified grace in appearance, movement, or behaviour

  2. good taste in design, style, arrangement, etc

  1. something elegant; a refinement

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