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[greys-fuh l] /ˈgreɪs fəl/
characterized by elegance or beauty of form, manner, movement, or speech; elegant:
a graceful dancer; a graceful reply.
Origin of graceful
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English; see grace, -ful
Related forms
gracefully, adverb
gracefulness, noun
nongraceful, adjective
nongracefully, adverb
nongracefulness, noun
limber, lithe, lissome. Unabridged
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  • Because one is ugly and strong, the other graceful but unable to stand alone?

    Moods Louisa May Alcott
  • That graceful maiden is too lovely for any destiny meaner than a royal marriage.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • Then, bending her head with a graceful yet proud submission, she retired.

    Temporal Power Marie Corelli
  • That being impossible, none other was graceful; hence none other was to be considered.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • Its foliage is light and graceful, and quite unlike that of A. imbricata, having nothing of its stiff formality.

British Dictionary definitions for graceful


characterized by beauty of movement, style, form, etc
Derived Forms
gracefully, adverb
gracefulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for graceful

mid-15c., "full of grace," also "pleasant, sweet," from grace (n.) + -ful. Meaning "with pleasing or attractive qualities" is from 1580s. Related: Gracefully; gracefulness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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