Definition of gracile in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡrasəl/
Pronunciation: /ˈɡraˌsīl/


1(Of a hominid species) of slender build.
Example sentences
  • But today, there are eight putative species of early gracile hominid - and a number of the most recent and most ancient have characteristics that might force a re-interpretation of our earliest ancestry.
  • This was also the age of ‘Lucy,’ Australopithecus afarensis, and the radiation of robust and gracile hominids which produced the genus Homo.
  • Some are stocky, others are slender and gracile in body shape.
1.1(Of a person) slender or thin, especially in a charming or attractive way.
Example sentences
  • Males are generally smaller, more gracile and more angular than females.
  • She is gracile and delightful.
  • She was gracile, and her curves seemed liquid smooth.


Early 17th century: from Latin gracilis 'slender'.

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Syllabification: grac·ile

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