1. elegant quality: elegance of dress.
  2. something elegant; a refinement.

noun plural -gances or -gancies

  1. dignified grace in appearance, movement, or behaviour
  2. good taste in design, style, arrangement, etc
  3. something elegant; a refinement

c.1500, “tastefulness, correctness, harmoniousness, refinement,” of speech or prose, from Middle French élégance, from Latin elegantia “taste, propriety, refinement,” from elegantem (see elegant). Earlier form was elegancy (early 15c.). Meaning “refined luxury” is from 1797.

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