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el·e·gant

 (ĕl′ĭ-gənt)
adj.
Characterized by or exhibiting refined, tasteful beauty of manner, form, or style. See Synonyms at exquisite.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin ēlegāns, ēlegant-, present participle of *ēlegāre, variant of ēligere, to select; see elect.]

el′e·gant·ly adv.

elegant

(ˈɛlɪɡənt)
adj
1. tasteful in dress, style, or design
2. dignified and graceful in appearance, behaviour, etc
3. cleverly simple; ingenious: an elegant solution to a problem.
[C16: from Latin ēlegāns tasteful, related to ēligere to select; see elect]
ˈelegantly adv

el•e•gant

(ˈɛl ɪ gənt)

adj.
1. splendid or luxurious in dress, style, design, etc.
2. polished and dignified, as in tastes, behavior, or literary style.
3. graceful in form or movement.
4. of superior quality; exceptional: an elegant gift.
5. (of theories, solutions, computer programs, etc.) gracefully concise and simple; admirably succinct.
[1400–50; < Latin ēlegant-, s. of ēlegāns fastidious, tasteful, formally present participle of *ēlegāre, durative derivative of ēligere; see elect]
el′e•gant•ly, adv.

elegant

- Comes from Latin eligere, "select."
See also related terms for select.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.elegant - refined and tasteful in appearance or behavior or style; "elegant handwriting"; "an elegant dark suit"; "she was elegant to her fingertips"; "small churches with elegant white spires"; "an elegant mathematical solution--simple and precise and lucid"
dignified - having or expressing dignity; especially formality or stateliness in bearing or appearance; "her dignified demeanor"; "the director of the school was a dignified white-haired gentleman"
graceful - characterized by beauty of movement, style, form, or execution
refined - (used of persons and their behavior) cultivated and genteel; "she was delicate and refined and unused to hardship"; "refined people with refined taste"
sophisticated - having or appealing to those having worldly knowledge and refinement and savoir-faire; "sophisticated young socialites"; "a sophisticated audience"; "a sophisticated lifestyle"; "a sophisticated book"
tasteful - having or showing or conforming to good taste
inelegant - lacking in refinement or grace or good taste
2.elegant - suggesting taste, ease, and wealth
gracious - characterized by charm, good taste, and generosity of spirit; "gracious even to unexpected visitors"; "gracious living"; "he bears insult with gracious good humor"
3.elegant - displaying effortless beauty and simplicity in movement or execution; "an elegant dancer"; "an elegant mathematical solution -- simple and precise"
graceful - characterized by beauty of movement, style, form, or execution

elegant

elegant

adjective
1. Of such tasteful beauty as to elicit admiration:
2. Appealing to refined taste:
Translations
أَنِيقأنيق، مُتْقَن
elegantní
elegantudsøgt
elegantti
elegantan
elegánselőkelő
myndarlegur; glæsilegur, tígulegur
優雅な
우아한
elegancija
elegants
elegantenprefinjen
elegant
สวยงาม
thanh nhã

elegant

[ˈelɪgənt] ADJ
1. (= stylish) [person, clothes, movement] → elegante
she looked very elegantestaba muy elegante
2. (= polished) [writer, style, writing] → elegante

elegant

[ˈɛlɪgənt] adj
(= stylish) [building] → élégant(e); [person] → élégant(e)
(= clever) [idea] → élégant(e)
an elegant simplicity → une élégante simplicité

elegant

adjelegant; style alsogewandt; bookelegant geschrieben; an elegant solutioneine elegante Lösung

elegant

[ˈɛlɪgənt] adjelegante

elegant

(ˈeligənt) adjective
having or showing stylishness. elegant clothes; You look elegant today.
ˈelegance noun

elegant

أَنِيق elegantní elegant elegant κομψός elegante elegantti élégant elegantan elegante 優雅な 우아한 elegant elegant elegancki elegante элегантный elegant สวยงาม zarif thanh nhã 文雅的
References in classic literature ?
I I like your nice manners and refined ways of speaking, when you don't try to be elegant.
Nevertheless, leaning back in his chair, he had allowed a large white handkerchief to depend gracefully from his fingers--a pose at once suggesting easy and elegant langour.
A slumberous veil diffused itself over his countenance, and had an effect, morally speaking, on its naturally delicate and elegant outline, like that which a brooding mist, with no sunshine in it, throws over the features of a landscape.
Though none of the most elegant, it yet stood the scrutiny tolerably well.
One voyager in Purchas calls them the wondrous whiskers inside of the whale's mouth; another, hogs' bristles; a third old gentleman in Hackluyt uses the following elegant language: There are about two hundred and fifty fins growing on each side of his upper chop, which arch over his tongue on each side of his mouth.
Not the elegant prince of our debauched and vicious art, not the jeweled idol of our society churches--but the Jesus of the awful reality, the man of sorrow and pain, the outcast, despised of the world, who had nowhere to lay his head--"
All looked abashed at this elegant speech, delivered with quite an air, and stood huddled together at a respectful distance, except two stout porters, who came up and began conveying away the baggage.
One whole duke and six dukelets; why, Sandy, it was an elegant haul.
It seems wonderfully grand and elegant for a person that is so humble as I am; but I am thankful, I am indeed, and will try to live up to it.
When we got up-stairs everybody gethered around the table, and the king he counted it and stacked it up, three hundred dollars in a pile -- twenty elegant little piles.
She put her cub in Tommy's elegant cradle and said:
And you never can be sorry for the trouble you took to learn them; for knowl- edge is worth more than anything there is in the world; it's what makes great men and good men; you'll be a great man and a good man yourself, some day, Thomas, and then you'll look back and say, It's all owing to the precious Sunday-school privileges of my boyhood -- it's all owing to my dear teachers that taught me to learn -- it's all owing to the good superintendent, who en- couraged me, and watched over me, and gave me a beautiful Bible -- a splendid elegant Bible -- to keep and have it all for my own, always -- it's all owing to right bringing up