Definitions for elegantˈɛl ɪ gənt
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
el•e•gantˈɛl ɪ gənt(adj.)
splendid or luxurious in dress, style, design, etc.
polished and dignified, as in tastes, behavior, or literary style.
graceful in form or movement.
Category: Common Vocabulary
of superior quality; exceptional:
an elegant gift.
(of theories, solutions, computer programs, etc.) gracefully concise and simple; admirably succinct.
Category: Common Vocabulary, Math
Origin of elegant:
1400–50; < L ēlegant-, s. of ēlegāns fastidious, tasteful, formally prp. of *ēlegāre, durative der. of ēligere; see elect
refined and tasteful in appearance or behavior or style
"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"
elegant, graceful, refined(adj)
suggesting taste, ease, and wealth
displaying effortless beauty and simplicity in movement or execution
"an elegant dancer"; "an elegant mathematical solution -- simple and precise"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
elegant(adjective)ˈɛl ɪ gənt
beautiful and graceful
a tall elegant woman; an elegant building
Characterised by or exhibiting elegance.
Characterised by minimalism and intuitiveness while preserving exactness and precision.
an elegant solution
Origin: From elegant, ultimately from elegans.
very choice, and hence, pleasing to good taste; characterized by grace, propriety, and refinement, and the absence of every thing offensive; exciting admiration and approbation by symmetry, completeness, freedom from blemish, and the like; graceful; tasteful and highly attractive; as, elegant manners; elegant style of composition; an elegant speaker; an elegant structure
exercising a nice choice; discriminating beauty or sensitive to beauty; as, elegant taste
The New Hacker's Dictionary
[common; from mathematical usage] Combining simplicity, power, and a certain ineffable grace of design. Higher praise than ‘clever’, ‘winning’, or even cuspy.The French aviator, adventurer, and author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, probably best known for his classic children's book The Little Prince, was also an aircraft designer. He gave us perhaps the best definition of engineering elegance when he said “A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'elegant' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4769
Rank popularity for the word 'elegant' in Adjectives Frequency: #660
Translations for elegant
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
having or showing stylishness
elegant clothes; You look elegant today.
- elegansie, sierlikheidAfrikaans
- أنيق، مُتْقَنArabic
- elegantePortuguese (BR)
- elegant; raffineret; udsøgtDanish
- زیبا؛ خوش طرحFarsi
- myndarlegur; glæsilegur, tígulegurIcelandic
- elegant, smakfullNorwegian
- زیبا؛ خوش طرحPersian
- خوږ ژبى، ظريف، ښه ذوقىPashto
- şık, zarifTurkish
- 雅致的Chinese (Trad.)
- вишуканий, елегантнийUkrainian
- با وقارUrdu
- thanh lịchVietnamese
- 雅致的Chinese (Simp.)
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