- Gracious means being kind, thoughtful and aware of others.
An example of gracious is a host who takes good care of houseguests.
- The definition of gracious is someone who is polite with people of lower social status.
An example of gracious is the type of adult who listens patiently to a young child.
- Gracious is defined as what someone says in surprise.
An example of gracious is what a grandmother would say when a beautiful cake was brought out for her birthday.
- having or showing kindness, courtesy, charm, etc.
- merciful; compassionate
- indulgent or polite to those held to be inferiors
- characterized by the taste, luxury, and social ease associated with prosperity, education, etc.: gracious living
- Archaic having pleasing qualities; attractive
Origin of graciousMiddle English ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin gratiosus, in favor, popular, kind ; from gratia: see grace
- a. Characterized by kindness and warm courtesy: gave the guests a gracious welcome.b. Characterized by tact and propriety: responded to the insult with gracious humor.c. Condescendingly courteous; indulgent: was always gracious toward the servants.
- Merciful or compassionate. Used especially of God in Christianity and Islam.
- Characterized by elegance and good taste: gracious living.
- Archaic Enjoying favor or grace; acceptable or pleasing.
Origin of graciousMiddle English, from Old French gracieus, from Latin grātiōsus, from grātia, good will; see Grace .
(comparative more gracious, superlative most gracious)