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[el-i-guh ns]
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  1. elegant quality: elegance of dress.
  2. something elegant; a refinement.
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Origin of elegance

1500–10; < Middle French < Latin ēlegantia choiceness. See elegant, -ance
Related formshy·per·el·e·gance, nouno·ver·el·e·gance, nounsu·per·el·e·gance, noun
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noun plural -gances or -gancies
  1. dignified grace in appearance, movement, or behaviour
  2. good taste in design, style, arrangement, etc
  3. something elegant; a refinement
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Word Origin and History for elegance


c.1500, "tastefulness, correctness, harmoniousness, refinement," of speech or prose, from Middle French élégance, from Latin elegantia "taste, propriety, refinement," from elegantem (see elegant). Earlier form was elegancy (early 15c.). Meaning "refined luxury" is from 1797.

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