- tastefully fine or luxurious in dress, style, design, etc.: elegant furnishings.
- gracefully refined and dignified, as in tastes, habits, or literary style: an elegant young gentleman; an elegant prosodist.
- graceful in form or movement: an elegant wave of the hand.
- appropriate to refined taste: a man devoted to elegant pursuits.
- excellent; fine; superior: an absolutely elegant wine.
- (of scientific, technical, or mathematical theories, solutions, etc.) gracefully concise and simple; admirably succinct.
Origin of elegant
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Examples from the Web for elegant
I did a piece for Elle about the effort to remake her into an elegant presence fashion-wise.Daphne Merkin on Lena Dunham, Book Criticism, and Self-Examination
December 26, 2014
Perhaps, like Hawking searching for his elegant equation, filmmakers will never find the answer.Why Can’t Movies Capture Genius?
December 14, 2014
They seem to have service for eight of these elegant blue-and-white plates.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
But many spirits experts have long lauded Japanese whiskies as formidable—even the most elegant—drams.
That means Japanese whiskies are beautifully balanced and elegant; they touch and develop on every sensor on the palate.
"Pray excuse me," replied Phoebus, with an elegant obeisance.Tanglewood Tales
They were dressed in very fine clothes, and had elegant manners.Welsh Fairy Tales
William Elliott Griffis
That elegant connection of ours—that dear lady who was here yesterday—'Little Dorrit
I tore off the cover, and disclosed an elegant and portable edition of ‘Marmion.’The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
The Comte de Kratry, an elegant young hussar, was also present.My Double Life
- tasteful in dress, style, or design
- dignified and graceful in appearance, behaviour, etc
- cleverly simple; ingeniousan elegant solution to a problem
Word Origin and History for elegant
late 15c., from Middle French élégant (15c.), from Latin elegantem (nominative elegans) "choice, fine, tasteful," collateral form of present participle of eligere "select with care, choose." Elegans was originally a term of reproach, "dainty, fastidious;" the notion of "tastefully refined" emerged in classical Latin. Related: Elegantly.