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graceful

[greys-fuh l] /ˈgreɪs fəl/
adjective
1.
characterized by elegance or beauty of form, manner, movement, or speech; elegant:
a graceful dancer; a graceful reply.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English; see grace, -ful
Related forms
gracefully, adverb
gracefulness, noun
nongraceful, adjective
nongracefully, adverb
nongracefulness, noun
Synonyms
limber, lithe, lissome.
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British Dictionary definitions for graceful

graceful

/ˈɡreɪsfʊl/
adjective
1.
characterized by beauty of movement, style, form, etc
Derived Forms
gracefully, adverb
gracefulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for graceful
adj.

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

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