• WordNet 3.6
    • adj elegant 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"
    • adj elegant displaying effortless beauty and simplicity in movement or execution "an elegant dancer","an elegant mathematical solution -- simple and precise"
    • adj elegant suggesting taste, ease, and wealth
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Elegant Exercising a nice choice; discriminating beauty or sensitive to beauty; as, elegant taste.
    • Elegant 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • elegant Having good or fine taste; nice in taste; fastidious; sensible to beauty or propriety; discriminating beauty from deformity or imperfection: said of persons.
    • elegant Polished; polite; refined; graceful: said of persons: as, an elegant lady or gentleman.
    • elegant Characterized by or pertaining to good taste; indicating a refined propriety of taste: as, elegant manners.
    • elegant Expressed with taste and neatness; correct and polished in expression or arrangement: as, an elegant style of composition; elegant speech.
    • elegant Pleasing to the eye by grace of form or delicacy of color; characterized by exquisiteness of design or fine taste; free from coarseness, blemish, or other defect; refined: as, an elegant figure; an elegant vase; an elegant structure.
    • elegant Pleasing to the mind, as exhibiting fine perception of what is required; calculated to effect its purpose with exceeding accuracy, delicacy, and neatness; exquisitely ingenious or appropriate: as, an elegant modification of a philosophical instrument; an elegant algebraical formula or mathematical demonstration; an elegant chess problem.
    • elegant Synonyms Elegant, Graceful, tasteful, courtly. Elegant implies that anything of an artificial character to which it is applied is the result of training and cultivation through the study of models or ideals of grace; graceful implies less of consciousness, and suggests often a natural gift. A rustic, uneducated girl may be naturally graceful, but not elegant. We speak of elegant manners, composition, furniture, taste, but of a graceful tree, fawn, child; the playful movements of a kitten may be graceful. See beautiful.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Elegant el′e-gant pleasing to good taste: graceful: neat: refined: nice: richly ornamental
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  • Coco Chanel
    “Elegance does not consist in putting on a new dress.”
  • 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. elegans, -antis,; akin to eligere, to pick out, choose, select: cf. F. élégant,. See Elect
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. elegans, -antise, out, and root of legĕre, to choose.


In literature:

An elegant carriage drawn by two thoroughbreds halted at the edge of the pavement, and three young men got out.
"The Son of Monte-Cristo, Volume II (of 2)" by Alexandre Dumas père
Good taste in dress means plain and simple styles, but material as elegant, serviceable, and pleasing as one's purse permits.
"The Etiquette of To-day" by Edith B. Ordway
The hotels are large and very elegant.
"Rollo on the Rhine" by Jacob Abbott
The latest edition was published by subscription, in an elegant duodecimo volume.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volumes I-VI." by Various
There were a great many splendid mirrors in these rooms, and other elegant furniture.
"Rollo in Paris" by Jacob Abbott
Michael was the hired man who took care of the horses, and kept the grounds around the elegant mansion in order.
"The Yacht Club" by Oliver Optic
Mrs. Verplank, the Doctor's half-sister, gave her a very elegant reception.
"A Little Girl of Long Ago" by Amanda Millie Douglas
The minuet was elegant.
"A Little Girl in Old Boston" by Amanda Millie Douglas
This elegant epitaph is upon a gravestone in Concord, Mass.
"Customs and Fashions in Old New England" by Alice Morse Earle
His phrases are original, but they are sometimes harsh; as he inherited no elegancies, none has he bequeathed.
"The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. in Nine Volumes" by Samuel Johnson
He also attacked, with elegant sarcasm the absurdities of his age, both in literature and morals.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
The delicate roundness of her slender figure was set off by the elegant carriage of her head.
"Hortense, Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott
For its day and time it was the ultimate in comfort and elegance; more than that, it was in exquisite taste.
"Seaport in Virginia" by Gay Montague Moore
She did not seem to care for the dancing, albeit she was a young lady renowned in the town for her beauty, elegance, and fortune.
"The Grandee" by Armando Palacio Valdés
Must Delia's softness, elegance, and ease, Submit to Marian's dress?
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli
I consider sweets a thousand times more elegant than that brutal alcohol, which deadens all finer instincts.
"The German Classics, v. 20" by Various
Like him, he is a poet rather elegant than vigorous, rather correct than spirited.
"A Short History of French Literature" by George Saintsbury
Cupping was to be not merely a neat operation, but an elegant one.
"Bloodletting Instruments in the National Museum of History and Technology" by Audrey Davis
They have not the refined and elegant appearance of the Jerseys, which, however, they exceed in size.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 5" by Various
The elegance of his pen far exceeds that of his person.
"Lives of Celebrated Women" by Samuel Griswold Goodrich

In poetry:

Few Romans were as tony as
The elegant Petronius
None who dressed snappier
Appeared on the Via Appia
"Clerihew – Petronius" by Edmund Clerihew Bentley
'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
The surrounding woodland scenery is very grand,
It cannot be surpassed in fair Scotland,
Especially the elegant Palace of Scone, in history renowned,
Where some of Scotland's kings were crowned.
"The Beautiful City of Perth" by William Topaz McGonagall
Lord Melville's Monument is most elegant to be seen,
Which is situated in St. Andrew's Square, amongst shrubberies green,
Which seems most gorgeous to the eye,
Because it is towering so very high.
"Beautiful Edinburgh" by William Topaz McGonagall
And as for the statue of Sir Walter Scott that stands in George Square,
It is a handsome statue — few with it can compare,
And most elegant to be seen,
And close beside it stands the statue of Her Majesty the Queen.
"Glasgow" by William Topaz McGonagall
You have left me to the sewer's meanwhile,
and I have answered the sea's open wish
to love me as a bonfire's watchful hand
guards red the shore and guards the hairy strand,
our most elegant lascivious bile,
my ship sinking beneath the gutter's fish.
"A City Winter" by Frank O Hara

In news:

Denver restaurant Roam an elegantly simple addition.
The Strokes, Elegantly Wasted: Rolling Stone's 2003 Cover Story.
The participants will dine on elegant luncheon fare.
A Call for Elegantly Simple Software.
Elegance and the Heart of Technology.
Inside Hiram Butler's elegantly eccentric cottage.
There can be little question that Helen Vendler is a serious and elegant critic of literature.
Southampton monogram and embroidery shop The Elegant Setting was mentioned in the April edition of Oprah Magazine, the periodical run by mega-celebrity Oprah Winfrey.
Elegant's embroidered linen square cocktail napkins are listed in the "O" list, a selection of recommended products.
It played streaming TV in full screen using a very elegant interface, but programs were jerky.
Endive are a great source of vitamins and folate and make for elegant dishes.
Tucked away on the second floor of the Windsor Court Hotel, the Grill Room is one of New Orleans' most elegant restaurants, and it is operating with a steadiness that has not been equaled at this address for at least a decade.
Visit our Website Send Us Email Tel: 1 508 487-4242 Free: 1 800 487-0132 Cell: 1 508 487-4242 12 Johnson Street Provincetown, MA 02657 Seize the day in elegant rooms and suites that feature pvt.
IN France, the creamy salt cod dish called brandade de morue (creamed salt cod), despite its elegant-sounding name, is considered ordinary.
The elegant interiors still look modern.

In science:

This is a very difficult mathematical problem, and the most elegant solution uses an advanced mathematical technique known as the Riemann-Hilbert method.
Introduction to the Random Matrix Theory: Gaussian Unitary Ensemble and Beyond
Until recently this model has been used mainly in the area of spatial databases, but it provides an equally elegant and efficient way to model spatio-temporal data [Chen and Zaniolo 2000; Chomicki and Revesz 1997; 1999; Grumbach et al. 1998; Kuijpers et al. 2000].
First-order Complete and Computationally Complete Query Languages for Spatio-Temporal Databases
It seems that Vakarchuk did not know about the solution of the Dirac equation with a mixed vector-scalar Coulomb potential and, as a matter of fact, he presented a more elegant method to find out the analytic solution.
Comment on ``Kepler problem in Dirac theory for a particle with position-dependent mass''
The purpose of the present section is to provided a new characterization, more elegant than the one of Schlechta and that hold with any semantic structure.
Preferential and Preferential-discriminative Consequence relations
While elegant and easy to implement, the effect of variable changes is not clear in the method without the notion of K¨ahler differentials.
Parameters Changes for Generalized Power Series
This preserves an elegant feature of Eilenberg-Kelly-MacLane graphs.
Simple free star-autonomous categories and full coherence
This is not a very elegant solution: we are indeed working with equivalence classes of proof nets and if we want to be rigorous we shall have to endlessly check that such and such operation does not depend on the choice of default jumps.
Simple multiplicative proof nets with units
The most elegant way to achieve this goal is to construct the Hamiltonian formulation of the model.
New Integrable System of 2dim Fermions from Strings on AdS_5 x S^5
But there is a more elegant way leading to Ma jorana spinors.
Basics of M-Theory
It is always possible to convert solution of equations of the null geodesics given in terms of the initial-boundary conditions to that given in terms of the boundary conditions. Synge [124] had developed an elegant theory of propagation of null rays in arbitrary transparent medium and gravitational field.
General Relativistic Theory of Light Propagation in the Field of Radiative Gravitational Multipoles
While Fg is just an O(1) constant, Ft is expected to have a (mild) dependence upon 16Of course, one would then lose the elegant explanation of the mt/mb hierarchy in terms of 5D wave-functions.
The Minimal Composite Higgs Model and Electroweak Precision Tests
Using partial integration— very much in the same spirit as above—we can prove the following theorem. I should mention that the short and elegant proof is due to Urban Cegrell, and that many of the calculations in this chapter uses the same idea as in this proof.
Pluricomplex charge at weak singularities
The SM with righthanded (RH) neutrinos (n) provides an elegant mechanism for thermal leptogenesis.
A scenario for leptogenesis at the TeV scale
It should be noted that the character of Lm(ωr ), i.e. dimensions of all weight spaces, can be obtained from proposition 2.5 and theorem 2.3, but theorem 1.1 is much more convenient and elegant.
Characters of the irreducible representations with fundamental highest weight for the symplectic group in characteristic p
Here we use the more elegant SOP, evolving naturally from OE and SE of random matrices.
Generalized Christoffel-Darboux formula for skew-orthogonal polynomials and random matrix theory