Definition of elegant in US English:



  • 1Pleasingly graceful and stylish in appearance or manner.

    ‘she will look elegant in black’
    ‘an elegant, comfortable house’
    • ‘Ashley was wearing a very nice simple yet elegant blue dress with expensive matching shoes.’
    • ‘For her age of sixty she looked very elegant in it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Vivian's black hair was wound into an elegant bun and decorated with gold ribbons.’
    • ‘Elegant decorative styles and intricately detailed patterns of curving lines characterise Art Nouveau.’
    • ‘Dressing herself in one graceful movement, she wore a long black dress that looked more elegant then casual.’
    • ‘Her blonde hair was twisted in an elegant bun with a silver diamanté clip.’
    • ‘He was a very elegant man, as anyone looking at him could tell.’
    • ‘Oh my god, I don't have anything elegant to wear!’
    • ‘The layered, textured style is as elegant as the setting.’
    • ‘Deanna thought Michelle looked great in the casual, yet elegant dress.’
    • ‘Firstly, in spite of its supremely elegant coupe styling this is a real four-seater.’
    • ‘Readers will find here the same elegant, deceptively simple prose that garnered so much praise for her short stories.’
    • ‘The natural woods and imported files make the room feel elegant.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She has long dark black hair that makes her look quite elegant.’
    • ‘My dress was made of the same satin material, but in a much less elegant style.’
    • ‘The Queen then entered with a show of magical lights in her most elegant gown.’
    stylish, graceful, tasteful, discerning, refined, sophisticated, dignified, cultivated, distinguished, classic, smart, fashionable, modish, decorous, beautiful, artistic, aesthetic, lovely
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    1. 1.1 (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.’
      • ‘His insights are deeply provocative, wise and conveyed in an elegant prose.’
      • ‘More elegant solutions are worth pursuing as the avenue of first recourse.’
      • ‘Prokaryotes use a simple yet elegant system to regulate the expression of their genes.’
      • ‘The SCSI protocol is elegant in its simplicity.’
      • ‘Nobody else living writes such elegant, intelligent prose, nor creates characters with such depth.’
      • ‘The user interface, while again somewhat limited, is also elegant in its simplicity.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, there might not have been a more elegant solution available without changing the game immensely.’
      • ‘Although some may argue that this isn't the most elegant solution, it does get the job done.’
      neat, simple, effective
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Late 15th century: from French, or from Latin elegans, elegant-, related to eligere ‘choose, select’ (see elect).