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ELEGANT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does elegant mean? 

ELEGANT (adjective)
  The adjective ELEGANT has 3 senses:

1. refined and tasteful in appearance or behavior or style
2. suggesting taste, ease, and wealth
3. displaying effortless beauty and simplicity in movement or execution

  Familiarity information: ELEGANT used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


ELEGANT (adjective)


Sense 1elegant [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Refined and tasteful in appearance or behavior or style

Context examples:

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

Similar:

ritzy (luxuriously elegant)

soigne; soignee (polished and well-groomed; showing sophisticated elegance)

neat; refined; tasteful (free from what is tawdry or unbecoming)

exquisite; recherche (lavishly elegant and refined)

high-class; high-toned (pretentiously elegant)

fine (characterized by elegance or refinement or accomplishment)

de luxe; deluxe; luxe (elegant and sumptuous)

dandified; dandyish; foppish (affecting extreme elegance in dress and manner)

Also:

tasteful (having or showing or conforming to good taste)

sophisticated (having or appealing to those having worldly knowledge and refinement and savoir-faire)

refined ((used of persons and their behavior) cultivated and genteel)

graceful (characterized by beauty of movement, style, form, or execution)

dignified (having or expressing dignity; especially formality or stateliness in bearing or appearance)

Antonym:

inelegant (lacking in refinement or grace or good taste)


Sense 2elegant [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Suggesting taste, ease, and wealth

Synonyms:

elegant; graceful; refined

Similar:

gracious (characterized by charm, good taste, and generosity of spirit)


Sense 3elegant [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Displaying effortless beauty and simplicity in movement or execution

Context examples:

an elegant dancer / an elegant mathematical solution -- simple and precise

Similar:

graceful (characterized by beauty of movement, style, form, or execution)


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