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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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  • The all-forgetting artistic passion became her so gracefully!

    Titan: A Romance v. 1 (of 2) Jean Paul Friedrich Richter
  • Calendar surrendered an untenable position as gracefully as could be wished.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • And as Dick gracefully reminds me, the pot can't call the kettle black.

    Set in Silver Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
  • How gracefully their Colonel, the young Count of Eberstein, bounds on his barb!

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • She went through it all without effort and as easily and gracefully as can be imagined.

    Camilla: A Tale of a Violin Charles Barnard
British Dictionary definitions for gracefully


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



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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