[ gras-il ]
/ ˈgræs ɪl /


gracefully slender.
slender; thin.

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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