Definitions

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

  • adj. Showing grace of movement, form, or proportion: "Capoeira is a graceful ballet of power and control, artists kicking and jumping in synchronized movement” ( Alisa Valdes).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having or showing grace in movement, shape, or proportion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Displaying grace or beauty in form or action; elegant; easy; agreeable in appearance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Characterized by grace or elegance; displaying grace or beauty in form or action; elegant: used particularly of motion, looks, and speech: as, a graceful walk; a graceful deportment; a graceful speaker; a graceful air.
  • Having Christian grace or piety; in a state of grace.
  • Synonyms Elegant, etc. (see elegant); easy, natural, unconstrained.

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

  • adj. characterized by beauty of movement, style, form, or execution
  • adj. suggesting taste, ease, and wealth

Etymologies

grace +‎ -ful (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He wrapped up crisis talking in Jordan by once again rejecting any timetable for withdrawing U.S. troops and denying that he's searching for what he called a graceful exit from the war.

    CNN Transcript Nov 30, 2006

  • John saw that he was _de trop_, that it was a family conference, and only extracting from Laramie a promise to see him -- about nothing whatever -- before leaving town he made what he termed a graceful getaway.

    Laramie Holds the Range

  • 'Ay; anybody can be what you call graceful, if he lives a little time in a city, and keeps his eyes open.

    A Pair of Blue Eyes

  • The common terns have since left for the winter but Matteson said there is a good chance the birds, which he calls graceful and beautiful, will be back next year since they have already raised young here.

    The Green Bay Press-Gazette Latest Headlines

  • Though "graceful" is a word one wouldn't readily apply to Stickley's cabinetry, there is a certain massive elegance to his lighting fixtures.

    Four-Square Reformer

  • She says: This period saw the rise of the designer-craftsman movement, which was characterized by a graceful fluidity between the now distinct disciplines of design, manufacture, and studio art.

    Alla Kazovsky: Product as Sculpture

  • There are a few abstract symbols, but the site is almost covered in graceful, naturalistic sculptures and bas-reliefs of the animals that were central to the imagination of hunter-gatherers.

    February « 2010 « Gerry Canavan

  • "Writing with an outsider's empathy and insight, casting his chronicle in graceful prose, he offers a memorable tale that both captures and transcends time and place."

    My Own Country by Abraham Verghese: Book summary

  • She learned to surf the long boards off the Kohala Coast and was known as a graceful and agile surfer.

    Under a Maui Moon

  • Her contemporary novels explore how teens cope with the unpalatable realities of poverty and drug abuse in graceful and often funny narratives.

    Writer Unboxed » Blog Archive » AUTHOR INTERVIEW: K.L. Going, part 1

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