elegant

[el-i-guhnt]
adjective
1.
tastefully fine or luxurious in dress, style, design, etc.: elegant furnishings.
2.
gracefully refined and dignified, as in tastes, habits, or literary style: an elegant young gentleman; an elegant prosodist.
3.
graceful in form or movement: an elegant wave of the hand.
4.
appropriate to refined taste: a man devoted to elegant pursuits.
5.
excellent; fine; superior: an absolutely elegant wine.
6.
(of scientific, technical, or mathematical theories, solutions, etc.) gracefully concise and simple; admirably succinct.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin ēlegant- (stem of ēlegāns) tasteful, choice, equivalent to ēleg- (akin to ēlig- select; see elect) + -ant- -ant; orig. present participle of lost v.

elegantly, adverb
hyperelegant, adjective
hyperelegantly, adverb
overelegant, adjective
overelegantly, adverb
superelegant, adjective
superelegantly, adverb
unelegant, adjective
unelegantly, adverb

elegant, eloquent.


1. See fine1. 2. polished, courtly.
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elegant (ˈɛlɪɡənt)
 
adj
1.  tasteful in dress, style, or design
2.  dignified and graceful in appearance, behaviour, etc
3.  cleverly simple; ingenious: an elegant solution to a problem
 
[C16: from Latin ēlegāns tasteful, related to ēligere to select; see elect]
 
'elegantly
 
adv

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elegant
late 15c., from M.Fr. élégant (15c.), from L. elegantem (nom. elegans) "choice, fine, tasteful," prp. of eligere "select with care, choose." Elegans was originally a term of reproach, "dainty, fastidious;" the notion of "tastefully refined" emerged in classical Latin.
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Example sentences
The crisp, clean large format portraits are elegantly shot using one light
  source and a gray backdrop.
All were elegantly slender, despite the rich food and drink they were putting
  away.
It elegantly maximizes storage space, but it can also complicate data recovery
  when a computer crashes.
All the time, he really recognizes his responsibilities and he carries himself
  so elegantly.
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