characterized by elegance or beauty of form, manner, movement, or speech; elegant: a graceful dancer; a graceful reply.

Origin of graceful

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at grace, -ful
Related formsgrace·ful·ly, adverbgrace·ful·ness, nounnon·grace·ful, adjectivenon·grace·ful·ly, adverbnon·grace·ful·ness, noun

Synonyms for graceful Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for graceful

Contemporary Examples of graceful

Historical Examples of graceful

  • That being impossible, none other was graceful; hence none other was to be considered.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • That graceful maiden is too lovely for any destiny meaner than a royal marriage.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • Kate's nature was limited; part of her graceful equipoise was narrowness.


    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • She's as graceful as a deer, and I'm sure she'll run as fast as any of them.


    W. A. Fraser

  • Her perfect figure, perfectly encased, was graceful in every long curve.

British Dictionary definitions for graceful



characterized by beauty of movement, style, form, etc
Derived Formsgracefully, adverbgracefulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for graceful

mid-15c., "full of grace," also "pleasant, sweet," from grace (n.) + -ful. Meaning "with pleasing or attractive qualities" is from 1580s. Related: Gracefully; gracefulness.

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