from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Elegance or an instance of it.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The quality of being elegant; elegance.
  • noun That which imparts elegance; an elegant characteristic or quality.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Alternative form of elegance.
  • noun humorous A mock title.


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  • 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.

    Valerius Terminus: of the interpretation of Nature

  • Already you understand that I give this shocker to you without elegancy, meaning, shocker.

    Why is There Scientist Instead of Wisdom?

  • From furnishings, to furniture, lighting or carpets, everything in here screams for elegancy.

    Roaman Residence in New York

  • “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.”

    Dark Oracle

  • [1557] Comical Poet, which for their elegancy I will in part insert.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Roman and Venetian courtesans, they have such pleasing tongues, and such [5078] elegancy of speech, that they are able to overcome a saint, Pro facie multis vox sua lena fuit.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • 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.

    The Essays

  • But yet, since princes will have such things, it is better they should be graced with elegancy, than daubed with cost.

    The Essays

  • 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.

    The Essays

  • 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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