[ el-i-guh ns ]
/ ˈɛl ɪ gəns /


elegant quality: elegance of dress.
something elegant; a refinement.

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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/ (ˈɛlɪɡəns) /

noun plural -gances or -gancies

dignified grace in appearance, movement, or behaviour
good taste in design, style, arrangement, etc
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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