An elegant floral bouquet.
- An example of elegant is a white tablecloth restaurant that serves many courses with wine pairings.
- An example of elegant is an easy solution to a very difficult situation.
- characterized by dignified richness and grace, as of design, dress, style, etc.; luxurious or opulent in a restrained, tasteful manner
- characterized by a sense of propriety or refinement; impressively fastidious in manners and tastes
- marked by concision, incisiveness, and ingenuity; cleverly apt and simple: an elegant solution to a complex problem
- Informal excellent; fine; first-rate
Origin of elegantFrench élégant ; from Classical Latin elegans present participle of an unverified form elegare ; from e-, out + an unverified form legare, variant, variety of legere, to choose: see logic
Origin of elegantMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin &emacron;legans, &emacron;legant-, present participle of *&emacron;legare, variant of &emacron;ligere, to select; see elect.
(comparative more elegant, superlative most elegant)
From Middle French elegant, ultimately from Latin elegans.