Definitions for graciousˈgreɪ ʃəs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

gra•ciousˈgreɪ ʃəs(adj.)

  1. pleasantly kind, benevolent, or courteous.

  2. characterized by good taste, comfort, or luxury:

    gracious living.

  3. indulgent in a pleasantly condescending way, esp. to inferiors.

  4. merciful or compassionate:

    our gracious king.

  5. Obs. fortunate or happy.

  6. (interj.)(used as an exclamation of surprise, relief, dismay, etc.)

Origin of gracious:

1250–1300; < OF < L grātiōsus amiable =grāti(a)grace+-ōsus -ous


Princeton's WordNet

  1. gracious(adj)

    characterized by charm, good taste, and generosity of spirit

    "gracious even to unexpected visitors"; "gracious living"; "he bears insult with gracious good humor"

  2. benignant, gracious(adj)

    characterized by kindness and warm courtesy especially of a king to his subjects

    "our benignant king"

  3. courteous, gracious, nice(adj)

    exhibiting courtesy and politeness

    "a nice gesture"

  4. gracious(adj)

    disposed to bestow favors

    "thanks to the gracious gods"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. gracious(adjective)ˈgreɪ ʃəs

    polite and kind

    a gracious host

  2. graciousˈgreɪ ʃəs

    comfortable or luxurious

    a gracious lifestyle


  1. gracious(Adjective)

    kind and warmly courteous

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  5. gracious(Adjective)

    charming and graceful

  6. gracious(Adjective)

    elegant and with good taste

  7. gracious(Interjection)

    expression of surprise, contempt, outrage, disgust, boredom, frustration.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gracious(adj)

    abounding in grace or mercy; manifesting love,. or bestowing mercy; characterized by grace; beneficent; merciful; disposed to show kindness or favor; condescending; as, his most gracious majesty

  2. Gracious(adj)

    abounding in beauty, loveliness, or amiability; graceful; excellent

  3. Gracious(adj)

    produced by divine grace; influenced or controlled by the divine influence; as, gracious affections

Translations for gracious

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


kind or polite

a gracious smile.

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