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.
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.
You grace our table with your presence.
- Out of favor with.
- In favor with.
- In a grudging manner.
- In a willing manner.
- To do wrong; sin.
- To be so aware of what is proper as (to do something).
- In favor (or disfavor) with.
- Sullenly or reluctantly.
- Graciously or willingly.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of grace
- Middle English from Old French from Latin grātia from grātus pleasing gwerə-2 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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.