from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Harmony in the arrangement or interarrangement of parts with respect to a whole.
- n. Studied elegance and facility in style of expression: "He has what one character calls 'the gifts of concinnity and concision,' that deft swipe with a phrase that can be so devastating in children” ( Elizabeth Ward).
- n. An instance of harmonious arrangement or studied elegance and facility.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The harmonious reinforcement of the various parts of a work of art.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Internal harmony or fitness; mutual adaptation of parts; elegance; -- used chiefly of style of discourse.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Fitness; suitableness; connectedness; harmony.
- n. Specifically In grammar and rhetoric, proper and consistent adjustment of words and clauses as regards both phraseology and construction; fitness and harmony of style.
From Latin concinnitās, from concinnāre, to put in order, from concinnus, deftly joined.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Coined 1531 by Sir Thomas Elyot in his treatise, The Boke Named The Governor, from Latin concinnitās ("skillfully put together"). (Wiktionary)