Definition of elegant adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈelɪɡənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈelɪɡənt//
    Position and movement, Describing clothes
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  1. 1  (of people or their behaviour) attractive and showing a good sense of style synonym stylish She was tall and elegant. See related entries: Position and movement
  2. 2  (of clothes, places and things) attractive and designed well synonym stylish an elegant dress an elegant room/restaurant See related entries: Describing clothes
  3. 3(of a plan or an idea) clever but simple an elegant solution to the problem
  4. Word Originlate 15th cent.: from French, or from Latin elegans, elegant-, related to eligere ‘choose, select’, from e- (variant of ex-) ‘out’ + legere ‘to pick’. Extra examplesthe artist’s supremely elegant portraits of society beauties the beautifully elegant spire of the church the foyer of an impossibly elegant Paris hotel the quietly elegant wives of the directors Guests can dine and relax in comfortable elegant surroundings. She was looking for something cool and elegant to wear. She was tall, slim and elegant. The beautifully elegant spire rises to a height of 80 metres.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: elegant