Meaning of “graceful” in the English Dictionary

"graceful" in British English

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uk /ˈɡreɪs.fəl/ us /ˈɡreɪs.fəl/

graceful adjective (MOVEMENT)

C1 moving in a smooth, relaxed, attractive way, or having a smooth, attractive shape:

graceful movements
a graceful neck

More examples

  • The gazelle is one of the swiftest and most graceful of animals.
  • She is a wonderfully graceful dancer.
  • He admired the graceful proportions of the Georgian architecture.
  • The trees, slender and graceful, swayed gently above us.
  • With a silent, graceful dive, she disappeared beneath the surface of the lake.
adverb uk /ˈɡreɪs.fəl.i/ us /ˈɡreɪs.fəl.i/

He gracefully skis down the slopes.
noun [ U ] uk /ˈɡreɪs.fəl.nəs/ us /ˈɡreɪs.fəl.nəs/

(Definition of “graceful” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)