Meaning of “gracious” in the English Dictionary

"gracious" in British English

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uk /ˈɡreɪ.ʃəs/ us /ˈɡreɪ.ʃəs/
adverb uk /ˈɡreɪ.ʃə us /ˈɡreɪ.ʃə

She graciously accepted the flowers that were presented to her.
noun [ U ] uk /ˈɡreɪ.ʃəs.nəs/ us /ˈɡreɪ.ʃəs.nəs/


uk /ˈɡreɪ.ʃəs/ us /ˈɡreɪ.ʃəs/ old-fashioned

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

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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.


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)