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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 great comfort, 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
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"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 qualities great comfort and luxury made possible by wealth: He was used to gracious living.

graciousexclamation

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

used to express surprise or to emphasize what is being said: My goodness gracious, that was a huge repair bill.
(Definition of gracious from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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