A Dictionary of the English Language
                        A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson
        Search Transcribed Entries:


View Scan · View Transcription · from pages 681, 682

View Scan · View Transcription · from pages 681, 682

Elégant. adj. [elegans, Latin.]

  1. Pleasing with minuter beauties.

    Trifles themselves are elegant in him. Pope.

    There may'st thou find some elegant retreat. London.

  2. Nice; not coarse; not gross.

    Polite with candour, elegant with ease. Pope.

Sources: Johnson, Samuel (5) · Pope, Alexander (393)

Attributes: No attributes defined yet for this entry.

Search for this word in: American Heritage · Cambridge · Dictionary.com · The Free Dictionary · Longman · Merriam-Webster · OneLook · Oxford Dictionaries · Vocabulary.com · Wiktionary · Wordnik

Discuss this entry in the forums.

Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Elegant." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: December 6, 2012. https://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/elegant/.

  1. The London quote is from Johnson’s own poem London:

    Couldst thou resign the park and play content,
    For the fair banks of Severn or of Trent;
    There might’st thou find some elegant retreat,
    Some hireling senator’s deserted seat;
    And stretch thy prospects o’er the smiling land,
    For less than rents the dungeons of the Strand:


    from The Works of Samuel Johnson. LL. D. with an Essay on His Life and Genius, by Arthur Murphy, esq. Third Complete American Edition. In Two Volumes. New York: Harper & Brothers, Vol. 1, p. 547.

  2. Brandi on December 6th, 2012 at 10:36 am

Leave a Reply

johnsonsdictionaryonline.com is completely free to use. Johnson's dictionary is in the public domain, but please respect the hours of work put into this site by linking to it or crediting it. This site assumes no liability for its content or for the content of external sites linked to it, and has no warranty or guarantee concerning accuracy or availability.