Definition of elegant in English:

elegant

adjective

  • 1Graceful and stylish in appearance or manner.

    ‘she will look elegant in black’
    ‘an elegant, comfortable house’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘With dazzling, spring sunshine streaming into the dining area the venue looked very elegant.’
    • ‘My mother stood there in her most elegant dress and my father in a suit.’
    • ‘Ashley was wearing a very nice simple yet elegant blue dress with expensive matching shoes.’
    • ‘Deanna thought Michelle looked great in the casual, yet elegant dress.’
    • ‘The layered, textured style is as elegant as the setting.’
    • ‘My dress was made of the same satin material, but in a much less elegant style.’
    • ‘Readers will find here the same elegant, deceptively simple prose that garnered so much praise for her short stories.’
    • ‘She has long dark black hair that makes her look quite elegant.’
    • ‘He was a very elegant man, as anyone looking at him could tell.’
    • ‘Firstly, in spite of its supremely elegant coupe styling this is a real four-seater.’
    • ‘In 2004 Renee again donned the classic look with a simple but elegant gown.’
    • ‘Robbie whispered in my ear after he surveyed me in my elegant white gown.’
    • ‘Her blonde hair was twisted in an elegant bun with a silver diamanté clip.’
    • ‘Vivian's black hair was wound into an elegant bun and decorated with gold ribbons.’
    • ‘Oh my god, I don't have anything elegant to wear!’
    • ‘The natural woods and imported files make the room feel elegant.’
    • ‘Elegant decorative styles and intricately detailed patterns of curving lines characterise Art Nouveau.’
    stylish, graceful, tasteful, discerning, refined, sophisticated, dignified, cultivated, distinguished, classic, smart, fashionable, modish, decorous, beautiful, artistic, aesthetic, lovely
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  • 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Although some may argue that this isn't the most elegant solution, it does get the job done.’
    • ‘More elegant solutions are worth pursuing as the avenue of first recourse.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, there might not have been a more elegant solution available without changing the game immensely.’
    • ‘Prokaryotes use a simple yet elegant system to regulate the expression of their genes.’
    • ‘His insights are deeply provocative, wise and conveyed in an elegant prose.’
    • ‘Nobody else living writes such elegant, intelligent prose, nor creates characters with such depth.’
    neat, simple, effective
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

elegant

/ˈɛlɪɡ(ə)nt/