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"gracious" in British English

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graciousadjective

uk   /ˈɡreɪ.ʃəs/  us   /ˈɡreɪ.ʃəs/
  • gracious adjective (COMFORTABLE)

having the ​qualities of ​greatcomfort, ​beauty, and ​freedom made ​possible by being ​rich: We can't ​afford gracious living.
graciously
adverb uk   /ˈɡreɪ.ʃəs.li/  us   /ˈɡreɪ.ʃəs.li/
She graciously ​accepted the ​flowers that were ​presented to her.
graciousness
noun [U] uk   /ˈɡreɪ.ʃəs.nəs/  us   /ˈɡreɪ.ʃəs.nəs/

graciousexclamation

uk   /ˈɡreɪ.ʃəs/  us   /ˈɡreɪ.ʃəs/ old-fashioned
(Definition of gracious from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"gracious" in American English

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graciousadjective

 us   /ˈɡreɪ·ʃəs/
  • gracious adjective (PLEASANT)

pleasant, ​kind, and ​polite: You’re a gracious ​host.
  • gracious adjective (COMFORTABLE)

having the ​qualitiesgreatcomfort and ​luxury made ​possible by ​wealth: He was used to gracious ​living.

graciousexclamation

 us   /ˈɡreɪ·ʃəs/ dated
  • gracious exclamation (SURPRISE)

used to ​expresssurprise or to ​emphasize what is being said: My ​goodness gracious, that was a ​hugerepairbill.
(Definition of gracious from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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