|Origin:||Latin gratia 'pleasing quality, kindness', from gratus; GRATEFUL|
a smooth way of moving that looks natural, relaxed, and attractive [= gracefulness]:
way of moving[uncountable]
Lena moved with the grace of a dancer.
polite and pleasant behaviour:
The hotel maintains traditional standards of elegance, style, and grace.
have the grace to do something
He didn't even have the grace to apologize (=he was not polite enough to apologize).
more time that is allowed to someone to finish a piece of work, pay a debt etc
more time[uncountable] also grace period American English
a day's/week's etc grace
I got a few days' grace to finish my essay.
in a willing and pleasant way, or an unwilling and angry way:
Kevin smiled and accepted his defeat with good grace.
With typical bad grace, they refused to come to the party.
God's kindness that is shown to people:
god's kindnessformal [uncountable]RR
We are saved by God's grace.
used to say that you feel lucky not to be in the same bad situation as someone else
a prayer thanking God, said before a meal:
My father said grace.
the state of someone's soul when it is free from evil, according to Christian belief:
He died in a state of grace (=when God has forgiven you for the wrong things you have done).
used as a title when talking to or about a duke, duchess, or archbishop
three beautiful Greek goddesses who often appear in art