Adjective "elegant" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Graceful and stylish in appearance or manner.
  1. 'an elegant, comfortable house'
  2. 'Ashley was wearing a very nice simple yet elegant blue dress with expensive matching shoes.'
  3. 'Readers will find here the same elegant, deceptively simple prose that garnered so much praise for her short stories.'
  4. 'Dressing herself in one graceful movement, she wore a long black dress that looked more elegant then casual.'
  5. 'In 2004 Renee again donned the classic look with a simple but elegant gown.'
  6. 'Vivian's black hair was wound into an elegant bun and decorated with gold ribbons.'
  7. 'The layered, textured style is as elegant as the setting.'
  8. 'Elegant decorative styles and intricately detailed patterns of curving lines characterise Art Nouveau.'
  9. 'Oh my god, I don't have anything elegant to wear!'
  10. 'Robbie whispered in my ear after he surveyed me in my elegant white gown.'
  11. 'The Queen then entered with a show of magical lights in her most elegant gown.'
(of a scientific theory or solution to a problem) pleasingly ingenious and simple.
  1. 'More elegant solutions are worth pursuing as the avenue of first recourse.'
  2. 'The SCSI protocol is elegant in its simplicity.'
  3. 'Prokaryotes use a simple yet elegant system to regulate the expression of their genes.'
  4. 'Although some may argue that this isn't the most elegant solution, it does get the job done.'
  5. 'The user interface, while again somewhat limited, is also elegant in its simplicity.'


1. tastefully fine or luxurious in dress, style, design, etc.: elegant furnishings.

2. gracefully refined and dignified, as in tastes, habits, or literary style: an elegant young gentleman; an elegant prosodist.

3. graceful in form or movement: an elegant wave of the hand.

4. appropriate to refined taste: a man devoted to elegant pursuits.

5. excellent; fine; superior: an absolutely elegant wine.

6. (of scientific, technical, or mathematical theories, solutions, et

More examples(as adjective)

"yuccas can be elegant in variegationses."

"views can be elegant in ways."

"urns can be elegant with rues."

"urns can be elegant with lavenders."

"urns can be elegant with jasmines."

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