Meaning of gracile in English:



  • 1Anthropology
    (of a hominid species) of slender build.

    ‘But today, there are eight putative species of early gracile hominid - and a number of the most recent and most ancient have characteristics that might force a re-interpretation of our earliest ancestry.’
    • ‘This was also the age of ‘Lucy,’ Australopithecus afarensis, and the radiation of robust and gracile hominids which produced the genus Homo.’
    • ‘Some are stocky, others are slender and gracile in body shape.’
    • ‘Alternatively, Homo habilis may stand on the evolutionary line between the gracile Australopithecines and Homo erectus.’
    • ‘Fossil evidence links human ancestry with populations that evolved from modern gracile morphology in Africa 130,000-160,000 years ago.’
    1. 1.1(of a person) attractively slender or thin.
      ‘Males are generally smaller, more gracile and more angular than females.’
      • ‘She is gracile and delightful.’
      • ‘She was gracile, and her curves seemed liquid smooth.’
      slim, lean, slender, rangy, willowy, svelte, sylphlike, spare, slight



/ˈɡrasɪl/ /ˈɡrasʌɪl/


Early 17th century from Latin gracilis ‘slender’.