Definition of "gracious" []

  • Characterized by kindness and warm courtesy. (adjective)
  • Characterized by tact and propriety: responded to the insult with gracious humor. (adjective)
  • Of a merciful or compassionate nature. (adjective)
  • Condescendingly courteous; indulgent. (adjective)
  • Characterized by charm or beauty; graceful. (adjective)
  • Characterized by or showing kindness and courtesy (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Condescendingly courteous, benevolent, or indulgent (adjective)
  • Characterized by or suitable for a life of elegance, ease, and indulgence (adjective)
  • Merciful or compassionate (adjective)
  • Fortunate, prosperous, or happy (adjective)
  • An expression of mild surprise or wonder (often in exclamatory phrases such as good gracious!, gracious me!) (exclamation) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "gracious" in a sentence
  • "But, he actually went on to praise John McCain for giving what he called a gracious concession speech."
  • ""I don't know whether I know how to give what you call gracious answers, doctor," said Mrs. Derrick pleasantly."
  • ""There are teams that help other teams, even though in the finals they may be competing against one another, it's what we call gracious professionalism which is a core value," said Brig."