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elegance

[el-i-guh ns] /ˈɛl ɪ gəns/
noun
1.
elegant quality:
elegance of dress.
2.
something elegant; a refinement.
Origin
1500-1510
1500-10; < Middle French < Latin ēlegantia choiceness. See elegant, -ance
Related forms
hyperelegance, noun
overelegance, noun
superelegance, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for overelegance

elegance

/ˈɛlɪɡəns/
noun (pl) -gances, -gancies
1.
dignified grace in appearance, movement, or behaviour
2.
good taste in design, style, arrangement, etc
3.
something elegant; a refinement
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Word Origin and History for overelegance

elegance

n.

c.1500, "tastefulness, correctness, harmoniousness, refinement," of speech or prose, from Middle French élégance, from Latin elegantia "taste, propriety, refinement," from elegantem (see elegant). Earlier form was elegancy (early 15c.). Meaning "refined luxury" is from 1797.

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