Years before Ethan Canin became my grad school adviser, I loved these wise, sad, elegant stories.
Christine Lagarde, the elegant French finance minister, was packing for Brazil and her global campaign for DSK's job.
And it did not force a reassessment of what it means to be elegant, sophisticated or sexy.
Refined, elegant, and to the manor born, Betty is everything that Don is not.
But many spirits experts have long lauded Japanese whiskies as formidable—even the most elegant—drams.
The stamp of the elegant simplicity of Cyrus, the Persian, was upon it.
His ear was well-tuned, and his diction was elegant and copious.
The art of blending scientific research with elegant disquisition remained to be invented.
She was forced to move to the elegant mansion where she now resides.
An elegant open carriage, drawn by four noble grey horses, contained the bridal party.
late 15c., from Middle French élégant (15c.), from Latin elegantem (nominative elegans) "choice, fine, tasteful," collateral form of present participle of eligere "select with care, choose." Elegans was originally a term of reproach, "dainty, fastidious;" the notion of "tastefully refined" emerged in classical Latin. Related: Elegantly.
(From Mathematics) 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-Exup'ery, 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."