What is elegant fashion

What is elegant fashion

[el-i-guh nt]

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  1. tastefully fine or luxurious in dress, style, design, etc.: elegant furnishings.
  2. gracefully refined and dignified, as in tastes, habits, or literary style: an elegant young gentleman; an elegant prosodist.
  3. graceful in form or movement: an elegant wave of the hand.
  4. appropriate to refined taste: a man devoted to elegant pursuits.
  5. excellent; fine; superior: an absolutely elegant wine.
  6. (of scientific, technical, or mathematical theories, solutions, etc.) gracefully concise and simple; admirably succinct.

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Origin of elegant

1400–50; late Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin ēlegant- (stem of ēlegāns) tasteful, choice, equivalent to ēleg- (akin to ēlig- select; see elect) + -ant- -ant; orig. present participle of lost v.

Related formsel·e·gant·ly, adverbhy·per·el·e·gant, adjectivehy·per·el·e·gant·ly, adverbo·ver·el·e·gant, adjectiveo·ver·el·e·gant·ly, adverbsu·per·el·e·gant, adjectivesu·per·el·e·gant·ly, adverbun·el·e·gant, adjectiveun·el·e·gant·ly, adverbCan be confusedelegant eloquent


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2. polished, courtly.

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1. See fine1.

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Examples from the Web for elegant

Contemporary Examples

  • I did a piece for Elle about the effort to remake her into an elegant presence fashion-wise.

  • Perhaps, like Hawking searching for his elegant equation, filmmakers will never find the answer.

  • They seem to have service for eight of these elegant blue-and-white plates.

  • But many spirits experts have long lauded Japanese whiskies as formidable—even the most elegant—drams.

  • That means Japanese whiskies are beautifully balanced and elegant; they touch and develop on every sensor on the palate.

Historical Examples

  • "Pray excuse me," replied Phoebus, with an elegant obeisance.

  • They were dressed in very fine clothes, and had elegant manners.

  • That elegant connection of ours—that dear lady who was here yesterday—'

  • I tore off the cover, and disclosed an elegant and portable edition of ‘Marmion.’

  • The Comte de Kratry, an elegant young hussar, was also present.

British Dictionary definitions for elegant adjective
  1. tasteful in dress, style, or design
  2. dignified and graceful in appearance, behaviour, etc
  3. cleverly simple; ingeniousan elegant solution to a problem

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Derived Formselegantly, adverb

Word Origin

C16: from Latin ēlegāns tasteful, related to ēligere to select; see elect

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for elegant


late 15c., from Middle French élégant (15c.), from Latin elegantem (nominative elegans) "choice, fine, tasteful," collateral form of present participle of eligere "select with care, choose." Elegans was originally a term of reproach, "dainty, fastidious;" the notion of "tastefully refined" emerged in classical Latin. Related: Elegantly.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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