Elegance is a quality of style and grace. In our age of jeans and sneakers, the elegance of actresses on the red carpet on Oscar night is such a welcome sight.

It comes from the Latin elegantia, "taste, propriety, or refinement." Fashion designer and eternal fashion icon Coco Chanel famously said, "Elegance is refusal," meaning it's best to skip the big jewelry and flashy clothes in favor of simple styles made from luxurious fabrics that one could wear forever — and look great every time. Elegance also describes the beautiful simplicity of a solution, such as an elegant mathematical proof.

Definitions of elegance

n a refined quality of gracefulness and good taste

“she conveys an aura of elegance and gentility”
the quality of lacking refinement and good taste
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dash, elan, flair, panache, style
distinctive and stylish elegance
daintiness, delicacy, fineness
the quality of being beautiful and delicate in appearance
elegance suggestive of a royal court
elegance indicated by good taste
breeding, genteelness, gentility
elegance by virtue of fineness of manner and expression
chic, chichi, chicness, last word, modishness, smartness, stylishness, swank
elegance by virtue of being fashionable
brilliance, grandeur, grandness, magnificence, splendor, splendour
the quality of being magnificent or splendid or grand
eclat, pomp
ceremonial elegance and splendor
elegance in dress or behavior
dapperness, jauntiness, nattiness, rakishness
stylishness as evidenced by a smart appearance
brilliant or conspicuous success or effect
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an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone

n 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”
Type of:
an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone

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