Definition of gracious in English:


Syllabification: gra·cious
Pronunciation: /ˈgrāSHəs


  • 1Courteous, kind, and pleasant: smiling and gracious in defeat
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    • A pleasant, courteous and gracious lady, Vera was highly thought of by all in the community.
    • A pleasant, courteous and gracious lady, she was well liked by her neighbours in the locality.
    • Sean was a pleasant, courteous and gracious neighbour who could always be relied on to lend a helping hand.
    courteous, polite, civil, chivalrous, well-mannered, mannerly, decorous; tactful, diplomatic; kind, benevolent, considerate, thoughtful, obliging, accommodating, indulgent, magnanimous; friendly, amiable, cordial, hospitable
  • 1.1Elegant and tasteful, especially as exhibiting wealth or high social status: the British painter specialized in gracious Victorian interiors gracious living
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    • City of grandiose and elegant façades, the gracious arcades of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuelle, here the Milanese mix their cool pragmatism with a love of the good life.
    • Their rambling villa once a model of gracious elegance was now a paradise of dry rot and borer, with its skeletal verandah, rickety walls and warped weatherboards.
    • Here is a room designed for comfort, yet gracious and formal enough for hosting even the most important parties.
    elegant, stylish, tasteful, graceful; comfortable, luxurious, sumptuous, opulent, grand, high-class
    informal swanky, plush
  • 3British A polite epithet used of royalty or their acts: the accession of Her present gracious Majesty
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    • My master, who was the most prominent courtier to his most gracious Majesty, the Emperor Kao, may he live ten thousand years.
    • Nevertheless, his widow, the gracious Princess Lom was at the Royal Varuna Yacht Club last weekend, to place the Prince's imprimatur on the championship.
    • The gracious King Louis XVI signed over one million dollars in arms and munitions.


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  • Expressing polite surprise.
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    • Well, good gracious me, I was very pleasantly surprised.
    • Oh good gracious, was Faith in love too?



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  • And we try to abide by the laws of this land that has so graciously and warmly embraced us.
  • The best way to handle repulsive behaviour like that is to smile graciously and act as though nothing were amiss.
  • You showed you are a true sportsman and can graciously admit defeat, and in the end you command a greater respect for it.


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  • It was the elder son, he said, who just could not accept the generosity and graciousness of his father in welcoming back a lost and wayward brother.
  • I've occasionally seen him angry, but I must tell you he always treated people with enormous graciousness and friendliness.
  • Norm's winning personality, graciousness, and loyal friendship were manifested in many pleasant times and conversations.


Middle English: via Old French from Latin gratiosus, from gratia 'esteem, favor' (see grace).

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