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[gras-il] /ˈgræs ɪl/
gracefully slender.
slender; thin.
Origin of gracile
1615-25; < Latin gracilis slender, slight, thin
Related forms
[gra-sil-i-tee, gruh-] /græˈsɪl ɪ ti, grə-/ (Show IPA),
gracileness, noun Unabridged
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  • He studied Persis; how beautiful she was, how soft and gracile, how apt to endearments!

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  • She heard it, too, for the gracile fingers fell from the strings.

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  • Before he recognized the olive-green tailor suit which he had come to know, he noticed the firm yet gracile move of her.

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  • Varro ascribes to him the gracile genus dicendi, the distinguishing features of which were venustas and subtilitas.

  • Beatrice suggests to me something slim and gracile rather than two hundred pounds of hump-backed and enterprising pork.

British Dictionary definitions for gracile


gracefully thin or slender
a less common word for graceful
Derived Forms
gracility (ɡræˈsɪlɪtɪ), gracileness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin gracilis slender
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Word Origin and History for gracile

1620s, from Latin gracilis "slender, thin, fine; plain, simple." Not etymologically connected to grace but often regarded as if it is. Perhaps a dissimilated form related to Latin cracens "slender;" if so, perhaps cognate with Sanskrit krsah "thin, weak," Avestan keresa- "lean, meager," Lithuanian karštu "to be very old, to age."

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