Definition of elegant in English:

elegant

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Pronunciation: /ˈɛlɪg(ə)nt
 
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adjective

  • 1Graceful and stylish in appearance or manner: she will look elegant in black an elegant, comfortable house
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    • The Queen then entered with a show of magical lights in her most elegant gown.
    • Dressing herself in one graceful movement, she wore a long black dress that looked more elegant then casual.
    • For her age of sixty she looked very elegant in it.
    Synonyms
    stylish, graceful, tasteful, discerning, refined, sophisticated, dignified, cultivated, distinguished, classic, smart, fashionable, modish, decorous, beautiful, artistic, aesthetic, lovely; charming, polished, suave, urbane, cultured, dashing, debonair; luxurious, sumptuous, opulent, grand, plush, high-class, exquisite
    informal swanky
  • 2(Of a scientific theory or solution to a problem) pleasingly ingenious and simple: the grand unified theory is compact and elegant in mathematical terms
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    • The back of the computer is elegant in its simplicity.
    • The user interface, while again somewhat limited, is also elegant in its simplicity.
    • The SCSI protocol is elegant in its simplicity.
    Synonyms
    neat, simple, effective; ingenious, clever, deft, intelligent, inventive

Derivatives

elegantly

adverb
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  • She walked elegantly with a lot of grace and presented her outfits stylishly.
  • It may be dull, but it remains true - if you write good stuff and present it elegantly, then you'll be well read in no time at all.
  • In contrast, the elegantly cultivated beard was long the prerogative of royalty and the privileged classes.

Origin

late 15th century: from French, or from Latin elegans, elegant-, related to eligere 'choose, select' (see elect).

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