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[el-i-guh ns] /ˈɛl ɪ gəns/
elegant quality:
elegance of dress.
something elegant; a refinement.
Origin of elegance
1500-10; < Middle French < Latin ēlegantia choiceness. See elegant, -ance
Related forms
hyperelegance, noun
overelegance, noun
superelegance, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for elegance
  • Unlike physics biology can not rely too long on elegance, beauty, and formal clarity.
  • Even more remarkable is how they achieved their seriousness of purpose with elegance, wit, and beauty.
  • Surround your ceremony with the elegance and beauty of nature.
  • His elegance consoled me, and his refusal made him all the dearer.
  • Apart from a propensity to pounce on prey, cats' aloof elegance has long made them the choice for animal companionship.
  • The elegance of its syntax is unmatched by any other numerical programming software.
  • It does so with complex, mathematical formulas, and with considerable elegance.
  • Combine organic and architectural elements for streamlined elegance.
  • Typically the best designs combine elegance with utility.
  • Instead, mirrors add an airy elegance as they reflect light.
British Dictionary definitions for elegance


noun (pl) -gances, -gancies
dignified grace in appearance, movement, or behaviour
good taste in design, style, arrangement, etc
something elegant; a refinement
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Word Origin and History for elegance

c.1500, "tastefulness, correctness, harmoniousness, refinement," of speech or prose, from Middle French élégance, from Latin elegantia "taste, propriety, refinement," from elegantem (see elegant). Earlier form was elegancy (early 15c.). Meaning "refined luxury" is from 1797.

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