- The definition of elegant is someone or something luxurious in a restrained manner or something that is very well-thought through yet simple.
- 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.
An elegant floral bouquet.
- 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
Characterized by or exhibiting refined, tasteful beauty of manner, form, or style. See Synonyms at exquisite.
Origin of elegantMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin ēlegāns, ēlegant-, present participle of *ēlegāre, variant of ēligere, to select; see elect.
(comparative more elegant, superlative most elegant)
OriginSee also: élégant
From Middle French elegant, ultimately from Latin elegans.