• WordNet 3.6
    • n elegance a refined quality of gracefulness and good taste "she conveys an aura of elegance and gentility"
    • n elegance a quality of neatness and ingenious simplicity in the solution of a problem (especially in science or mathematics) "the simplicity and elegance of his invention"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Elegance That which is elegant; that which is tasteful and highly attractive. "The beautiful wildness of nature, without the nicer elegancies of art."
    • Elegance The state or quality of being elegant; beauty as resulting from choice qualities and the complete absence of what deforms or impresses unpleasantly; grace given by art or practice; fine polish; refinement; -- said of manners, language, style, form, architecture, etc. "That grace that elegance affords.""The endearing elegance of female friendship.""A trait of native elegance , seldom seen in the masculine character after childhood or early youth, was shown in the General's fondness for the sight and fragrance of flowers."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n elegance The state or quality of being elegant; beauty resulting from perfect propriety or from exact fitness, symmetry, or the like; refinement of manner, quality, or appearance: as, elegance of dress.
    • n elegance That which pleases by its nicety, symmetry, purity, or beauty; an elegancy: as, the elegances of polite society. Synonyms Grace, beauty, polish. See comparison under elegant.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Elegance the state or quality of being elegant: the beauty of propriety: refinement: that which is elegant
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  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Can anything be so elegant as to have few wants, and to serve them one's self?”
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
    “Even the wisest woman you talk to is ignorant of something you may know, but an elegant woman never forgets her elegance.”
  • Christian Lacroix
    Christian Lacroix
    “For me, elegance is not to pass unnoticed but to get to the very soul of what one is.”
  • French Proverb
    French Proverb
    “Nothing is more elegant than ready money!”
  • Vivienne Westwood
    Vivienne Westwood
    “It is not possible for a man to be elegant without a touch of femininity.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “The endearing elegance of female friendship.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. elegantia, fr. elegans, -antis, elegant: cf. F. élégance,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. elegans, -antise, out, and root of legĕre, to choose.


In literature:

The male, always the elegant sex in the insect tribe, wears special ornaments.
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
The order of the peristyle is extremely elegant.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
One volume, octavo, elegantly Illustrated.
"The Testimony of the Rocks" by Hugh Miller
The City Hall is a large and elegant building, in which the courts of law are held.
"Travels in North America, From Modern Writers" by William Bingley
She possessed a snug independent fortune, and led a life of elegant leisure.
"My Life: or the Adventures of Geo. Thompson" by George Thompson
The acorns are of unusual elegance, as the photograph which shows them will prove.
"Getting Acquainted with the Trees" by J. Horace McFarland
You're a wonderfully elegant-looking woman for your years, Victoria.
"The School Queens" by L. T. Meade
Just then Fandor saw an automobile, a very elegant limousine, draw up before M. de Naarboveck's house.
"A Nest of Spies" by Pierre Souvestre
Such houses can be made very elegant as well as comfortable.
"Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)" by William Delisle Hay
Cookery may produce savoury and elegant looking dishes, without their possessing any of the real qualities of food.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton

In poetry:

'The parent who provides for all
For us will now provide;
These hands have learn'd the gayer art
Of elegance and pride:
"A Tale" by John Logan
In this low vale, the promise of the year,
Serene, thou openest to the nipping gale,
Unnoticed and alone,
Thy tender elegance.
"To An Early Primrose" by Henry Kirke White
Anon a fuller music thrilled
My world with meaning undertones,
That elegized our vanished ones,
And told how Lethe's banks are filled
"An Afternoon Soliloquy" by Thomas Runciman
So soft, so elegant, so fair,
Sure something more than human’s there;
I must submit, for strife is vain,
’Twas Destiny that forged the chain.
""To fix her!—’twere a task as vain"" by Tobias Smollett
"The bad man may, his every sense to please,
Each soft indulging luxury employ:
The plenitude of elegance and ease
He may possess; but never can enjoy.
"Love's Triumph" by Nathaniel Bloomfield
BY one of early years the troop was led,
A handsome lad, and elegantly bred.
He landed with his party near the park.
And these in two divided ere 'twas dark.
"The Princess Betrothed To The King Of Garba" by Jean de La Fontaine

In news:

With its thin bezels and slick aluminum and glass construction, the Apple iPhone 4S is elegantly designed, but sometimes it's difficult to grip securely.
Built in 1948 and remodeled in 2007, the 2,690-square-foot residence exudes a welcoming feel that is both elegant and comfortable.
Comfortable floor plan , elegant details highlight residence in White Hawk Estates.
Chef Dirk De Cuyper used to cook for the rich and famous aboard elegant cruise ships and private yachts.
Alfred Brendel's elegant essay on the late sonatas of Schubert contains many insights, but in one respect he is off the mark.
The Gardens have elegant Texas/Craftsman design.
Creamy coconut milk and the pungent Thai ginger, galangal , make this elegant soup at once soothing and exciting.
Timeless, effortless, elegant and indelible as the 50th anniversary of Singin' in the Rain approaches, Gene Kelly 's body of work still thrives and still thrills.
Travel titans who want a bit of Old World elegance need look no farther.
The last time I saw Molière's The Misanthrope, it was gorgeously staged at the Denver Center, with an elegant set adorned with flying cupids.
This weekend I came across my old copy of Brian Greene's The Elegant Universe.
This dessert is easy and elegant as well as diabetic friendly.
Beach Baby's playful, elegant jewelry.
With that said, we nominate Beach Baby's line of elegant, beach-inspired jewelry.
Known for elegant and artistic presentations, the venue will play a perfect host to one of the greatest big bands in history: The Glenn Miller Orchestra.

In science:

This partition function can be derived more elegantly by means of a local gauge invariance principle [203, 204].
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
Regular conjugacy classes were elegantly studied by T.
Solutions to WDVV from generalized Drinfeld-Sokolov hierarchies
Indeed, an elegant construction of the correlation functions relying only on operator relations was recently given in [10, 11].
Spectral Universality of Real Chiral Random Matrix Ensembles
Recently, an elegant approach to this transition was suggested by Sinova, Meden, and Girvin .
Integer Quantum Hall Transition and Random SU(N) Rotation
Even before its discovery as a regularized version of the supermembrane theory, this quantum mechanics theory had been studied as a particularly elegant example of a quantum system with a high degree of supersymmetry (Claudson and Halpern, 1985; Flume, 1985; Baake, Reinicke, and Rittenberg, 1985).
M(atrix) Theory: Matrix Quantum Mechanics as a Fundamental Theory