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


; ˈɡreɪʃəs
1 (of people or behaviour) kind, polite and generous, especially to somebody of a lower social positiona gracious ladya gracious smileLady Caroline was gracious enough to accept our invitation.He has not yet learned how to be gracious in defeat.2 [usually before noun] showing the comfort and easy way of life that wealth can bringgracious living3 [only before noun] (British English, formal) used as a very polite word for royal people or their actionsher gracious Majesty the QueenThe performance will take place in the gracious presence of HRH the Prince of Wales.4 gracious (to somebody) (of God) showing kindness and mercya gracious act of God5 (becoming old-fashioned) used for expressing surpriseGoodness gracious!‘I hope you didn't mind my phoning you.’ ‘Good gracious, no, of course not.’graciously
; ˈɡreɪʃəsli
adverbShe graciously accepted our invitation.
; ˈɡreɪʃəsnəs
noun [uncountable]His mother was graciousness itself during our stay.The house retains its air of tranquillity and graciousness.