graceful

[ greys-fuhl ]
/ ˈgreɪs fəl /

adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. grace note,
  2. grace period,
  3. grace, william russell,
  4. grace-and-favor,
  5. grace-and-favour,
  6. gracefully,
  7. graceless,
  8. gracelessly,
  9. graces,
  10. gracias

Origin of graceful

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at grace, -ful

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British Dictionary definitions for gracefully

graceful

/ (ˈɡreɪsfʊl) /

adjective

characterized by beauty of movement, style, form, etc
Derived Formsgracefully, adverbgracefulness, noun

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Word Origin and History for gracefully

graceful

adj.

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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