Hyper Dictionary

English Dictionary Computer Dictionary Video Dictionary Thesaurus Dream Dictionary Medical Dictionary

Search Dictionary:  

Meaning of ELEGANT

Pronunciation:  'elugunt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  refined or imposing in manner or appearance; befitting a royal court; "a courtly gentleman"
  2. [adj]  refined and tasteful in appearance or behavior or style; "elegant handwriting"; "an elegant dark suit"; "she was elegant to her fingertips"; "small churches with elegant white spires"; "an elegant mathematical solution--simple and precise and lucid"
  3. [adj]  of seemingly effortless beauty in form or proportion
  4. [adj]  suggesting taste, ease, and wealth

ELEGANT is a 7 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: bijou, courtly, dandified, dandyish, de luxe, deluxe, dignified, exquisite, fine, foppish, formal, gracious, high-class, high-toned, luxe, luxury(a), neat, recherche, refined, ritzy, soigne, soignee, stately, tasteful
 Antonyms: inelegant
 See Also: graceful, in good taste(p), sophisticated



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\El"e*gant\, a. [L. elegans, -antis; akin to eligere to
pick out, choose, select: cf. F. ['e]l['e]gant. See {Elect}.]
1. Very choice, and hence, pleasing to good taste;
   characterized by grace, propriety, and refinement, and the
   absence of every thing offensive; exciting admiration and
   approbation by symmetry, completeness, freedom from
   blemish, and the like; graceful; tasteful and highly
   attractive; as, elegant manners; elegant style of
   composition; an elegant speaker; an elegant structure.

         A more diligent cultivation of elegant literature.

2. Exercising a nice choice; discriminating beauty or
   sensitive to beauty; as, elegant taste.

Syn: Tasteful; polished; graceful; refined; comely; handsome;
     richly ornamental.

Computing Dictionary

(From Mathematics) Combining simplicity, power, and a certain ineffable grace of design. Higher praise than "clever", "winning" or even cuspy.

The French aviator, adventurer, and author Antoine de Saint-Exup'ery, probably best known for his classic children's book "The Little Prince", was also an aircraft designer. He gave us perhaps the best definition of engineering elegance when he said "A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away."

[jargon file]

Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: advantageous, aesthetic, aesthetically appealing, apt, arabesque, artistic, Attic, attractive, august, auspicious, awe-inspiring, awful, Babylonian, barbaric, baroque, beauteous, beautiful, becoming, beneficial, benevolent, bon, bonny, braw, bueno, busy, capital, chaste, chic, chichi, choice, Ciceronian, civilized, classic, classy, clear, clever, clothes-conscious, cogent, comely, commendable, Corinthian, cosmopolitan, courtly, cultivated, cultured, dainty, dapper, dashing, debonair, decent, decorous, delicate, deluxe, dignified, direct, discerning, discriminating, dressed to advantage, dressed to kill, easy, elaborate, endowed with beauty, estimable, euphemistic, euphuistic, excellent, expedient, exquisite, extravagant, eye-filling, facile, fair, famous, fancy, fashionable, fastidious, favorable, fine, finished, flamboyant, florid, flowerlike, flowery, flowing, fluent, formalistic, frilly, fussy, genteel, glorious, good, goodly, goody good-good, goody-goody, graceful, gracile, gracious, grand, grandiose, handsome, healthy, heavy, helpful, high-wrought, imposing, impressive, in, ingenious, jaunty, kind, labored, laudable, limpid, lovely, lucid, luxuriant, luxurious, magnificent, majestic, mincing, modest, modish, moresque, namby-pamby, natty, natural, neat, nice, nifty, nobby, noble, opulent, ornate, ostentatious, overelaborate, overelegant, overlabored, overnice, overprecise, overrefined, overworked, overwrought, palatial, pedantic, pellucid, perspicuous, picturesque, plain, pleasant, pleasing, plush, polished, posh, precieuse, precious, precisian, precisianistic, precisionistic, pretty, pretty-pretty, princely, profitable, proper, proud, pulchritudinous, pure, puristic, rare, recherche, refined, regal, restrained, rich, ritzy, rococo, round, royal, seemly, select, sharp, simpering, simple, skillful, sleek, smart, smooth, smug, snazzy, soigne, soignee, sophisticated, sound, spiffy, splendacious, splendid, splendiferous, spruce, stately, straightforward, style-conscious, stylish, suave, subtle, sumptuous, superb, superfancy, superfine, superior, swank, swanky, swell, tasteful, terse, tricksy, trig, trim, tripping, unaffected, unlabored, urbane, useful, valid, very good, virtuous, well-bred, well-dressed, well-groomed, with it