Origin of elegant
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|Mindy Farabee|December 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Perhaps, like Hawking searching for his elegant equation, filmmakers will never find the answer.
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|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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.
As the wealth of the leading planters increased they gradually surrounded themselves with elegant homes and sumptuous furnishings.Patrician and Plebeian|Thomas J. Wertenbaker
He was short rather than tall, his hand was delicate, his foot slender and elegant.The Companions of Jehu|Alexandre Dumas, pre
One glance at the woman showed her to be elegant in dress and of a refined appearance.The Crime of the French Caf and Other Stories|Nicholas Carter
And Miss Winter opened a French exercise-book, certainly containing anything but elegant specimens of penmanship.The Daisy Chain|Charlotte Yonge
It was an elegant little creature, with a skin like its mother, only more brilliant--it was full of graceful antics.The Swiss Family Robinson; or Adventures in a Desert Island|Johann David Wyss
British Dictionary definitions for elegant
Word Origin for elegant
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.