[ wel-turnd ]
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  1. gracefully shaped: a well-turned ankle.

  2. gracefully and concisely expressed: a well-turned phrase.

Origin of well-turned

First recorded in 1610–20

Words Nearby well-turned

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How to use well-turned in a sentence

  • The supporting base consists of four exquisitely turned columns, braced at bottom with correspondingly well-turned crossbars.

    Terrestrial and Celestial Globes Vol II | Edward Luther Stevenson
  • The songs were numerous and well-turned, and certain details of the travestie were ingenious.

    A Book of Burlesque | Willam Davenport Adams

British Dictionary definitions for well-turned


adjective(well turned when postpositive)
  1. (of a phrase, speech, etc) apt and pleasingly sonorous

  2. having a pleasing shape: a well-turned leg

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