- 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.
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- 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: French élégant ; from Classical Latin elegans present participle of an unverified form elegare ; from e-, out plush an unverified form legare, variant, variety of legere, to choose: see logic
- elegantly adverb
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Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin ēlegāns, ēlegant-, present participle of *ēlegāre, variant of ēligere, to select; see elect.
- elˈe·gant·ly adverb