elegance
noun Date: circa 1510 1. a. refined grace or dignified propriety ; urbanity b. tasteful richness of design or ornamentation <
the sumptuous elegance of the furnishings
>
c. dignified gracefulness or restrained beauty of style ; polish <
the essay is marked by lucidity, wit, and elegance
>
d. scientific precision, neatness, and simplicity <
the elegance of a mathematical proof
>
2. something that is elegant

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  • élégance — [ elegɑ̃s ] n. f. • fin XIVe; lat. elegantia 1 ♦ Qualité esthétique qu on reconnaît à certaines formes naturelles ou créées par l homme dont la perfection est faite de grâce et de simplicité. Élégance des formes, des proportions. L élégance d un… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Elégance — Paris Rechtsform GmbH Gründung 1938 Sitz …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • élégance — ÉLÉGANCE. s. f. Choix de mots et de tours, d où résultent la grâce et la facilité du langàge. Parler avec élégance. Sans élégance. Élégance sans affectation. L élégance du style. f♛/b] On appelle aussi Élégance, Un certain goût fin et délicat qui …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • Elegance — El e*gance, Elegancy El e*gan*cy, n. [L. elegantia, fr. elegans, antis, elegant: cf. F. [ e]l[ e]gance.] 1. The state or quality of being elegant; beauty as resulting from choice qualities and the complete absence of what deforms or impresses… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • elegance — elegance, grace, dignity are comparable only when they denote an impressive beauty of form, appearance, or behavior. Elegance is used in reference to persons chiefly when their grooming, their clothes, and the way they wear them are specifically… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • elegance — Elegance. s. f. Ornement, politesse de langage. Parler avec elegance, sans elegance. elegance sans affectation …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • elegance — n. pl. elegancies [el′ə gəns] n. [Fr élégance < L elegantia] 1. the quality of being elegant; specif., a) dignified richness and grace, as of design b) polished fastidiousness or refined grace, as in manners c) clever aptness and simplicity …   English World dictionary

  • elegance — c.1500, “tastefulness, correctness, harmoniousness, refinement,” of speech or prose, from M.Fr. élégance, from L. elegantia taste, propriety, refinement, from elegantem (see ELEGANT (Cf. elegant)). Earlier form was elegancy (early 15c.).… …   Etymology dictionary

  • elegance — Elegance, Elegantia. Parler sans elegance, Horride dicere, siue inculte …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • elegance — index propriety (correctness) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • elegance — [n] cultivated beauty, taste breeding, charm, class, courtliness, cultivation, culture, delicacy, dignity, discernment, distinction, exquisiteness, felicity, gentility, good taste, grace, gracefulness, grandeur, hauteur, lushness, luxury,… …   New thesaurus

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