American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Elegance or an instance of it.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The quality of being elegant; elegance.
- n. That which imparts elegance; an elegant characteristic or quality.
“Cicero and the rest commend as one of the best points of elegancy, which is the fine checking of expectation, is no less well known to the musicians when they have a special grace in flying the close or cadence.”
“Already you understand that I give this shocker to you without elegancy, meaning, shocker.”
“From furnishings, to furniture, lighting or carpets, everything in here screams for elegancy.”
““The drawback is an excess amount of synchrotron radiation, which is difficult to filter out, but the advantages in design and material elegancy render that a manageable issue.””
“At both corners of the further side, by way of return, let there be two delicate or rich cabinets, daintily paved, richly hanged, glazed with crystalline glass, and a rich cupola in the midst; and all other elegancy that may be thought upon.”
“But yet, since princes will have such things, it is better they should be graced with elegancy, than daubed with cost.”
“It is the greatest refreshment to the spirits of man; without which, buildings and palaces are but gross handiworks; and a man shall ever see, that when ages grow to civility and elegancy, men come to build stately sooner than to garden finely; as if gardening were the greater perfection.”
“ Comical Poet, which for their elegancy I will in part insert.”
“Roman and Venetian courtesans, they have such pleasing tongues, and such  elegancy of speech, that they are able to overcome a saint, Pro facie multis vox sua lena fuit.”
“We were prettily received and entertained here, and an elegancy ran through every thing, persons as well as furniture, yet all plain.”
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