[ gras-il ]
/ ˈgræs ɪl /


gracefully slender.
slender; thin.

Nearby words

  1. gracefully,
  2. graceless,
  3. gracelessly,
  4. graces,
  5. gracias,
  6. gracilis,
  7. gracilis muscle,
  8. gracility,
  9. graciosity,
  10. gracioso

Origin of gracile

First recorded in 1615–25, gracile is from the Latin word gracilis slender, slight, thin

Related formsgra·cil·i·ty [gra-sil-i-tee, gruh-] /græˈsɪl ɪ ti, grə-/, grac·ile·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for gracile


/ (ˈɡræsaɪl) /


gracefully thin or slender
a less common word for graceful
Derived Formsgracility (ɡræˈsɪlɪtɪ) or gracileness, noun

Word Origin for gracile

C17: from Latin gracilis slender

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Word Origin and History for gracile



1620s, from Latin gracilis "slender, thin, fine; plain, simple." Not etymologically connected to grace but often regarded as if it is. Perhaps a dissimilated form related to Latin cracens "slender;" if so, perhaps cognate with Sanskrit krsah "thin, weak," Avestan keresa- "lean, meager," Lithuanian karštu "to be very old, to age."

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