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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Elegance \El"e*gance\, Elegancy \El"e*gan*cy\, n. [L. elegantia, fr. elegans, -antis, elegant: cf. F. ['e]l['e]gance.] 1. The state or quality of being elegant; beauty as resulting from choice qualities and the complete absence of what deforms or impresses unpleasantly; grace given by art or practice; fine polish; refinement; -- said of manners, language, style, form, architecture, etc. [1913 Webster] That grace that elegance affords. --Drayton. [1913 Webster] The endearing elegance of female friendship. --Johnson. [1913 Webster] A trait of native elegance, seldom seen in the masculine character after childhood or early youth, was shown in the General's fondness for the sight and fragrance of flowers. --Hawthorne. [1913 Webster] 2. That which is elegant; that which is tasteful and highly attractive. [1913 Webster] The beautiful wildness of nature, without the nicer elegancies of art. --Spectator. Syn: Elegance, Grace. Elegance implies something of a select style of beauty, which is usually produced by art, skill, or training; as, elegance of manners, composition, handwriting, etc.; elegant furniture; an elegant house, etc. Grace, as the word is here used, refers to bodily movements, and is a lower order of beauty. It may be a natural gift; thus, the manners of a peasant girl may be graceful, but can hardly be called elegant. [1913 Webster]