[ˈɛlɪɡənt], [ˈɛlɪɡənt], [ˈɛ_l_ɪ_ɡ_ə_n_t]

Definitions of elegant:

  1.   Pleasing to good taste: graceful: neat: refined: nice: richly ornamental.
  2.   Elegantly.
  3.   suggesting taste, ease, and wealth
  4.   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.
  5.   Luxurious; fastodious; tasteful; free from coarseness.
  6.   Graceful; symmetrical; refined.
  7.   Elegance.
  8.   Graceful; refined; beautiful; symmetrical; pleasing to good taste; correct.
  9.   Graceful; refined; ornamental.
  10.   Polished; refined; pleasing to good taste; graceful; expressing one's self with propriety and grace; well- formed in its parts, proportions, and distribution, as a building; sensible to beauty; beautiful in form and colours; costly and ornamental.
  11.   refined or imposing in manner or appearance; befitting a royal court; " a courtly gentleman"
  12.   Exercising a nice choice; discriminating beauty or sensitive to beauty; as, elegant taste.
  13.   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"

Antonyms for elegant:

raffish, bargain-basement, flamboyant, horrid, run-of-the-mine, ostentatious, gimcrack, garish, roughneck, unrefined, dowdy, common, impolite, splashy, razzle-dazzle, barbarian, ordinary, unattractive, ghastly, trumpery, uncouth, uncivilized, flashy, clumsy, frightful, rude, rotten, brutal, unstylish, gaudy, unpleasant, execrable, lowbred, miserable, trashy, impertinent, cruel, coarse, vulgar, ticky-tacky, noisy, insensible, sleazy, unmannered, run-of-the-mill, informal, ungracious, tacky, low-grade, deficient, commercial, everyday, second class, odious, jarring, ungainly, unpolished, inconsiderate, tawdry, cheesy, crass, inelegant, barbaric, grim, grating, pastoral, casual, cut rate, untamed, inferior, swank, tasteless, terrible, mediocre, shoddy, repulsive, substandard, savage, lowbrow, ill-bred, low-rent, lesser, thoughtless, schlock, unaesthetic, disgusting, average, lousy, wanting, rustic, unmannerly, countrified, mass-produced, discourteous, outlandish, styleless, rough, uncalled-for, graceless, crude, wretched, loud, country, ugly, rural, flaring, sylvan, barbarous, glitzy, gross, atrocious, grisly, unsatisfactory, bad, poor, bucolic, merciless, kitsch, agricultural, workaday, unfashionable, shocking, unlovely, uncultivated, ill-mannered, Incult, cheap, el cheapo, illiberal, low, popular, deformed, disrespectful, Unhandsome, gauche, kitschy, verdant, inhuman, uncultured, harsh, bum, grotesque, unacceptable, uncivil, awkward, second-rate, cheapjack, hideous, homely, junky.

Quotes for elegant:

  1. It was a shock to people of the nineteenth century when they discovered, from observations science had made, that many features of the biological world could be ascribed to the elegant principle of natural selection. – Michael Behe
  2. A Crow is known wherever he is met by his beautiful white dress, and his tall and elegant figure; the greater part of the men being six feet high. – George Catlin
  3. I think there is a way to be formal and elegant and classy, but more modern. Brad Pitt has been changing it, and Will Smith has been doing it in his own way. – Steven Cojocaru
  4. In journalism it is simpler to sound off than it is to find out. It is more elegant to pontificate than it is to sweat. – Harold Evans
  5. But I think beautiful is simple and elegant like a ballad with simple harmony. – John Fogerty
  6. What convinces is conviction. Believe in the argument you're advancing. If you don't you're as good as dead. The other person will sense that something isn't there, and no chain of reasoning, no matter how logical or elegant or brilliant, will win your case for you. – Lyndon B. Johnson
  7. They see me wheeling around in a beautiful gown, and they realize you can look elegant and you can lead a happy life in a wheelchair. I know I've helped handicapped people, because I've received many comments. – Anna Lee
  8. I hoped the dramatic power of the play would rest on that tension between elegant structure- the underlying plan is that you see the first and last meeting of every couple in the play- and inelegant emotion. – Patrick Marber
  9. As the 1960s began, a new breed of Hollywood leading lady was emerging. She was elegant international, and wonderfully comedic. – Maureen O'Hara
  10. Contempt for happiness is usually contempt for other people's happiness, and is an elegant disguise for hatred of the human race. – Bertrand Russell
  11. What affected me most profoundly was the realization that the sciences of cryptography and mathematics are very elegant pure sciences. I found that the ends for which these pure sciences are used are less elegant – James Sanborn
  12. It is not possible for a man to be elegant without a touch of femininity. – Vivienne Westwood
  13. Even before string theory, especially as physics developed in the 20th century, it turned out that the equations that really work in describing nature with the most generality and the greatest simplicity are very elegant and subtle. – Edward Witten

Usage examples for elegant:

  1. The home provided by my father was elegant some would have called it luxurious. ” – All's for the Best by T. S. Arthur
  2. What elegant ones they are! ” – Floyd Grandon's Honor by Amanda Minnie Douglas
  3. She said he had been home this summer on bizness down South and had come to see her, which Billy said wuz true, a very handsome and elegant young gentleman having called twice to see his old nurse during the spring and summer. ” – Samantha at the St. Louis Exposition by Marietta Holley
  4. This ragged, beard- begrown troubadour, the graceful, elegant Caillette of Francis' court? ” – Under the Rose by Frederic Stewart Isham
  5. “ For we wish to learn what philosophers say as being something elegant and acute; and some wish to learn that they may get profit from what they learn. ” – A Selection from the Discourses of Epictetus With the Encheiridion by Epictetus
  6. It is a very elegant coat. ” – From the Housetops by George Barr McCutcheon
  7. It was of a bright bay colour, with a star in its forehead, with strong but elegant limbs, and a long black tail, which swept the ground. ” – The Bible in Spain by George Borrow
  8. “ " Oh, it is so elegant to have a dining- room," breathed Prudence happily. ” – Prudence of the Parsonage by Ethel Hueston
  9. The house, an elegant mansion in one of the principal streets, was besieged and after an hour's resistance carried by storm. ” – Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete by John Lothrop Motley
  10. Won't it be puffectly elegant – Miss Theodosia's Heartstrings by Annie Hamilton Donnell
  11. There were one or two other igloos made of the same material, but none so large, clean, or elegant as this one. ” – Ungava by R.M. Ballantyne
  12. But Elegant was so much occupied in thinking of the young man that she could not touch her dinner. ” – Eastern Shame Girl The Wedding of Ya-Nei; A Strange Destiny; The Error of the Embroidered Slipper; The Counterfeit Old Woman; The Monastery of the Esteemed-Lotus; A Complicated Marriage by Charles Georges Souli
  13. Style elegant and cold. ” – A Brief Handbook of English Authors by Oscar Fay Adams
  14. On the street, from her elegant little car, she could see women who were walking glance at her with envy, just as she herself had done in her first year in the city. ” – His Second Wife by Ernest Poole
  15. She raised her head proudly, forced the smile again upon her lips, and took her seat upon the chair with a grace and dignity as if she were in a brilliant saloon, and was taking her seat upon an elegant sofa. ” – Marie Antoinette And Her Son by Louise Muhlbach Official
  16. There were elegant pleasure gardens, with a fee for access. ” – Our Legal Heritage, 4th Ed. by S. A. Reilly
  17. Major Harper's black boy brought me the Yankee's horse with my bridle and saddle on him; an elegant animal as fresh as a dawn breeze. ” – The Cavalier by George Washington Cable
  18. You may think differently after you have been a few weeks in Gertrude's elegant home. ” – Nature's Serial Story by E. P. Roe
  19. “ For elegant pipes still more beautiful, but less useful ones, are made of horn. ” – The Student-Life of Germany by William Howitt
  20. Well, anyway, it's a perfectly elegant story, Anne, and will make you famous, of that I'm sure. ” – Anne Of The Island by Lucy Maud Montgomery