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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Refinement, grace, and beauty in movement, appearance, or manners.
  • n. Tasteful opulence in form, decoration, or presentation.
  • n. Restraint and grace of style.
  • n. Scientific exactness and precision.
  • n. Something elegant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Grace, refinement, and beauty in movement, appearance, or manners
  • n. Restraint and grace of style
  • n. The beauty of an idea characterized by minimalism and intuitiveness while preserving exactness and precision
  • n. A refinement or luxury

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state or quality of being elegant; beauty as resulting from choice qualities and the complete absence of what deforms or impresses unpleasantly; grace given by art or practice; fine polish; refinement; -- said of manners, language, style, form, architecture, etc.
  • n. That which is elegant; that which is tasteful and highly attractive.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or quality of being elegant; beauty resulting from perfect propriety or from exact fitness, symmetry, or the like; refinement of manner, quality, or appearance: as, elegance of dress.
  • n. That which pleases by its nicety, symmetry, purity, or beauty; an elegancy: as, the elegances of polite society.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a quality of neatness and ingenious simplicity in the solution of a problem (especially in science or mathematics)
  • n. a refined quality of gracefulness and good taste

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