AskDefine | Define elegant

Dictionary Definition

elegant adj
1 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" [ant: inelegant]
2 suggesting taste, ease, and wealth [syn: graceful, refined]
3 of seemingly effortless beauty in form or proportion
4 refined or imposing in manner or appearance; befitting a royal court; "a courtly gentleman" [syn: courtly, formal, stately]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From élégant.

Pronunciation

  • a AU /elegænt/

Adjective

  1. Characterized by or exhibiting elegance.

Synonyms

Derived terms

Translations

exhibiting elegance
  • CJK Characters: , ; , ; ; ;
  • Chinese: 典雅的 (diǎn yǎ de), 优雅的 (yōu yǎ de)
  • Dutch: elegant, sierlijk
  • Finnish: elegantti
  • French: élégant
  • German: elegant
  • Greek: κομψός
  • Hungarian: elegáns, előkelő
  • Italian: elegante
  • Japanese: 優雅
  • Korean: 우아한
  • Kurdish:
    Sorani: شۆخ
  • Portuguese: elegante
  • Russian: шикарный
  • Serbian: elegantno
  • Spanish: elegante, chic
  • Urdu: شائسته

Dutch

Pronunciation

Adjective

  1. elegant

German

Adjective

  1. elegant

Extensive Definition

Elegance is the attribute of being unusually effective and simple. It is frequently used as a standard of tastefulness, particularly in the areas of visual design and decoration. Elegant things exhibit refined grace and dignified propriety.
Some westerners associate elegance with simplicity and consistency of design, focusing on the main or basic features of an object, its dignified gracefulness, or restrained beauty of style.
Others understand the word in an opulent light as in tasteful richness of design or ornamentation "the sumptuous elegance of the furnishings."
The proof of a mathematical theorem is considered to have mathematical elegance if it is surprisingly simple yet effective and constructive; similarly, a computer program or algorithm is elegant if it uses a small amount of intuitive code to great effect.
In engineering, a solution may be considered elegant if it uses a non-obvious method to produce a solution which is highly effective and simple. An elegant solution may solve multiple problems at once, especially problems not thought to be inter-related.
In chemistry, chemists always look for elegance as well as utility in synthesis.
Visual stimuli are frequently considered elegant if a small number of colors and stimuli are used, emphasizing the remainder.

See also

elegant in German: Eleganz
elegant in Russian: Элегантность
elegant in Simple English: Elegance

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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