[ grey-shuhs ]
/ ˈgreɪ ʃəs /


pleasantly kind, benevolent, and courteous.
characterized by good taste, comfort, ease, or luxury: gracious suburban living; a gracious home.
indulgent or beneficent in a pleasantly condescending way, especially to inferiors.
merciful or compassionate: our gracious king.
Obsolete. fortunate or happy.


(used as an exclamation of surprise, relief, dismay, etc.)

Origin of gracious

1250–1300; Middle English gracious < Old French < Latin grātiōsus amiable, equivalent to grāti(a) grace + -ōsus -ous


4 tender, clement, mild, gentle.

Related forms

Can be confused

gracious gratis gratuitous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for graciously


/ (ˈɡreɪʃəs) /


characterized by or showing kindness and courtesy
condescendingly courteous, benevolent, or indulgent
characterized by or suitable for a life of elegance, ease, and indulgencegracious living; gracious furnishings
merciful or compassionate
obsolete fortunate, prosperous, or happy


an expression of mild surprise or wonder (often in exclamatory phrases such as good gracious!, gracious me!)

Derived Forms

graciously, adverbgraciousness, noun
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Idioms and Phrases with graciously


see goodness gracious.

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