- The definition of grace is poise, elegance, forgiveness, or a blessing.
- An example of grace is the way a beautiful, stylish woman easily walks across a room.
- An example of grace is the letting go of a past wrong done to you.
- An example of grace is the prayer said at the beginning of a meal.
- Grace is defined as to honor, or to bring beauty or charm.
- An example of grace is a celebrity showing up at a fundraiser to raise more money; grace the fundraiser with their presence.
- An example of grace is adding an elegant table decoration to a picnic; grace the picnic table with an elegant centerpiece.
- beauty or charm of form, composition, movement, or expression
- an attractive quality, feature, manner, etc.
- [G-] any of the Graces
- a sense of what is right and proper; decency
- thoughtfulness toward others
- goodwill; favor
- Archaic mercy; clemency
- a period of time granted beyond the date set for the performance of an act or the payment of an obligation; temporary exemption
- favor shown by granting such a delay
- a short prayer in which blessing is asked, or thanks are given, for a meal
- [G-] a title of respect or reverence used in speaking to or of an archbishop, duke, or duchess: preceded by Your or by His or Her
- [pl.]Music ornamental notes or effects collectively, as appoggiaturas, slides, trills, etc.
- the unmerited love and favor of God toward human beings
- divine influence acting in a person to make the person pure, morally strong, etc.
- the condition of a person brought to God's favor through this influence
- a special virtue, gift, or help given to a person by God
Origin of graceMiddle English from Old French from Classical Latin gratia, pleasing quality, favor, thanks from gratus, pleasing from Indo-European base an unverified form gwer-, to lift up the voice, praise from source Sanskrit g???ti, (he) sings, praises and Old Irish bard, bard
transitive verbgraced, grac′ing
- to give or add grace or graces to; decorate; adorn
- to bring honor to; dignify
- Music to add a grace note or notes to
fall from grace
have the grace
in the good (or bad) graces of
with bad grace
with good grace
Origin of Gracesee grace
- Seemingly effortless beauty or charm of movement, form, or proportion.
- A characteristic or quality pleasing for its charm or refinement.
- A sense of fitness or propriety.
- a. A disposition to be generous or helpful; goodwill.b. Mercy; clemency.
- A favor rendered by one who need not do so; indulgence.
- A temporary immunity or exemption; a reprieve.
- Graces Greek & Roman Mythology Three sister goddesses, known in Greek mythology as Aglaia, Euphrosyne, and Thalia, who dispense charm and beauty.
- Christianity a. Divine favor bestowed freely on people, as in granting redemption from sin.b. The state of having received such favor.c. An excellence or power granted by God.
- A short prayer of blessing or thanksgiving said before or after a meal.
- Grace Used with His, Her, or Your as a title and form of address for a duke, duchess, or archbishop.
- Music An appoggiatura, trill, or other musical ornament in the music of 16th and 17th century England.
transitive verbgraced, grac·ing, grac·es
- To honor or favor: You grace our table with your presence.
- To give beauty, elegance, or charm to.
- Music To embellish with grace notes.
Origin of graceMiddle English from Old French from Latin grātia from grātus pleasing ; see gwerə-2 in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural graces)
- (not countable) Elegant movement; poise or balance.
- The dancer moved with grace and strength.
- (not countable) Charming, pleasing qualities.
- The Princess brought grace to an otherwise dull and boring party.
- (not countable, theology) Free and undeserved favour, especially of God. Unmerited divine assistance given to humans for their regeneration or sanctification.
- I'm so grateful to God for the grace that He has given me.
- (not countable, theology) Divine assistance in resisting sin.
- (countable) Short prayer of thanks before or after a meal.
- It has become less common to say grace before having dinner.
- For examples of the use of this sense see: citations.
- (finance) An allowance of time granted for a debtor during which he is free of at least part of his normal obligations towards the creditor.
- The repayment of the loan starts after a three years' grace (period).
- (card games) A special move in a solitaire or patience game that is normally against the rules.
(third-person singular simple present graces, present participle gracing, simple past and past participle graced)
- To adorn; to decorate; to embellish and dignify.
- He graced the room with his presence.
- He graced the room by simply being there.
- His portrait graced a landing on the stairway.
- To dignify or raise by an act of favour; to honour.
- To supply with heavenly grace.
- (music) To add grace notes, cadenzas, etc., to.
From Middle English grace, from Old French grace (Modern French grâce), from Latin grātia "kindness, favour, esteem", from grātus ‘pleasing’ from Proto-Indo-European *gwer- (“to praise, welcome”). Compare grateful. Displaced native Middle English held, hield "grace" (from Old English held, hyld "grace"), Middle English este "grace, favour, pleasure" (from Old English ēste "grace, kindness, favour"), Middle English athmede(n) "grace" (from Old English ēadmēdu "grace"), Middle English are, ore "grace, mercy, honour" (from Old English ār "grace, kindness, mercy").
From the noun grace, first used by Puritans in the 16th century. In Roman Catholic use it may refer to Our Lady of Graces, cognate with Italian Grazia.