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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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  • After almost three hundred years, the "charms of her person, her elegance and kindliness of manner" are still remembered.

    Famous Firesides of French Canada Mary Wilson Alloway
  • Here every object was estimated, not for its beauty or elegance, but by its costliness.

  • They appeared to him what they were, two honest-hearted women, surrounded by luxury and elegance.

  • Let neatness, and elegance, and beauty exhibit their proudest charms.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • Simplicity, the mother of elegance, being now the order of the day.

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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