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tasteful

[teyst-fuh l] /ˈteɪst fəl/
adjective
1.
having, displaying, or in accordance with good taste:
tasteful clothing; a tasteful room.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; taste + -ful
Related forms
tastefully, adverb
tastefulness, noun
untasteful, adjective
untastefully, adverb
untastefulness, noun
Can be confused
tasteful, tasty.
Synonyms
elegant, chic, refined, suitable, becoming.
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Examples for tasteful
  • At a time when money is suddenly at a premium it is probably not a particularly tasteful subject, that of spending.
  • Some of the tourism plant is tasteful, but some is a monstrosity.
  • Interior design throughout is tasteful and contemporary.
  • And also when you aren't sure where the line between tasteful and tasteless is, it's wise to play it safe.
  • Yes, the actual product is unavoidably, fundamentally grotesque if you look beneath its tasteful surface.
  • It is shown below in a tasteful holiday setting in our dining room.
  • The artist-chef has a light touch-and he strives to achieve tasteful design and garnishes of suitable size, shape, and color.
  • It is no more than a pebble that has fallen into a lily pool and lies there, a tasteful addition to the design.
  • It's not that the metaphor is appropriate or tasteful-obviously it is patently outrageous.
  • The company ran tasteful print ads in upscale food magazines.
British Dictionary definitions for tasteful

tasteful

/ˈteɪstfʊl/
adjective
1.
indicating good taste a tasteful design
2.
a rare word for tasty
Derived Forms
tastefully, adverb
tastefulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for tasteful
adj.

1610s, "having an agreeable taste;" from taste + -ful. From 1756 as "having or showing good taste." Related: Tastefully; tastefulness.

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