Definition of graceful in US English:



  • Having or showing grace or elegance.

    ‘she was a tall girl, slender and graceful’
    • ‘Chen Meng was graceful yet strong, light on his feet and an undeniable presence on stage.’
    • ‘The people were elegant and lovely to look at, their movements so graceful.’
    • ‘We should never forget that it is possible to be graceful, even classy, under the most intense pressure.’
    • ‘It is the most graceful of birds in flight and its body curvatures and wing span excite all who witness it.’
    • ‘It affords the president the time to explain his position and provides him a graceful exit.’
    • ‘Falling trees don't come down slow and graceful but crash very fast, and there's no time to jump out of the way.’
    • ‘Rembrandt's women are not especially pretty or beautiful or even graceful.’
    • ‘The graceful swans settled on the pond at Vale Royal Golf Club in Cheshire ready to raise a family of their own.’
    • ‘Passenger jets often look deceptively slow and graceful as they cruise over the clouds.’
    • ‘Her hands were short yet graceful and her figure was quite beautiful.’
    • ‘While he is always very competitive, he is as graceful in defeat as he is in victory.’
    • ‘It was a time for smiles, for jokes and laughter with handshakes and graceful bows.’
    • ‘Her graceful performance of this traditional art form in the evening session was a real treat.’
    • ‘It takes a rare and graceful person to withstand the temptation to gloat over others.’
    • ‘They are a graceful bird in flight and as they fly they resemble the Concorde in shape and beauty.’
    • ‘No doubt they will teach me how to be graceful on the snow, how to slalom with the best of them and how to stop on a sixpence.’
    • ‘Hanging with her head to the side, the woman is graceful like a ballet dancer at rest.’
    • ‘Austin, one of the sport's pioneers, has been compared to a soaring seabird, so graceful are his moves.’
    • ‘This graceful dance, which is easy to learn, appeals to men and women of all ages.’
    elegant, stylish, tasteful, refined, sophisticated, dignified, distinguished, discerning, with good taste, poised
    fluid, fluent, flowing, supple, smooth, easy, effortless, natural, elegant, stylish, neat, precise, agile, nimble, light-footed, deft, dexterous, adroit
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