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elegant
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Babbitt
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  • He went upstairs to put on his slippers—his elegant slippers of seal-brown, shaped like medieval shoes.
  • He smoothed and patted his ankles, transformed by silk socks from the sturdy shanks of George Babbitt to the elegant limbs of what is called a Clubman.

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  • It makes elegant reading, but it don’t say nothing.
  • Elegant eats, short ginger-talks, and memories shared together of the brightest, gladdest days of life.
  • Her hands seemed to him more adorable than Mrs. Judique’s thin fingers, and more elegant.
  • a hedge-scholar, tall and horse-faced; Chum Frink, a trifle of a man with soft and mouse-like hair, advertising his profession as poet by a silk cord on his eye-glasses; Vergil Gunch, broad, with coarse black hair en brosse; Eddie Swanson, a bald and bouncing young man who showed his taste for elegance by an evening waistcoat of figured black silk with glass buttons; Orville Jones, a steady-looking, stubby, not very memorable person, with a hemp-colored toothbrush mustache.
  • "Yes," Frink mused, "that’s got an elegant color to it, if I do say so, but it ain’t got the originality of ’spill-of-speech!’

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as in: an elegant gown Define
refined and tasteful in appearance, behavior or style
as in: as elegant equation Define
a solution that is simpler (and often more comprehensive) than most would anticipate
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