Definitions for elegantˈɛl ɪ gənt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

el•e•gantˈɛl ɪ gənt(adj.)

  1. splendid or luxurious in dress, style, design, etc.

  2. polished and dignified, as in tastes, behavior, or literary style.

  3. graceful in form or movement.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  4. of superior quality; exceptional:

    an elegant gift.

  5. (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


Princeton's WordNet

  1. elegant(adj)

    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"

  2. elegant, graceful, refined(adj)

    suggesting taste, ease, and wealth

  3. elegant(adj)

    displaying effortless beauty and simplicity in movement or execution

    "an elegant dancer"; "an elegant mathematical solution -- simple and precise"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. elegant(adjective)ˈɛl ɪ gənt

    beautiful and graceful

    a tall elegant woman; an elegant building


  1. elegant(Adjective)

    Characterised by or exhibiting elegance.

  2. elegant(Adjective)

    Characterised by minimalism and intuitiveness while preserving exactness and precision.

    an elegant solution

  3. Origin: From elegant, ultimately from elegans.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Elegant(adj)

    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

  2. Elegant(adj)

    exercising a nice choice; discriminating beauty or sensitive to beauty; as, elegant taste

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. elegant

    [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

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'elegant' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4769

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    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.

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