behaving in a polite, kind, and generous way, especially to people of a lower rank:
Sibyl was the most gracious, helpful, and generous person to work with.
a gracious apology
having the kind of expensive style, comfort, and beauty that only rich people can afford:
a gracious manor house
a magazine about gracious living
used to express surprise or to emphasize 'yes' or 'no':
Good gracious! What on earth has happened to your feet?
'Did you ever go back?' 'Good gracious, no.'
a gracious act by or gift from God is kind and forgiving
5 [only before noun]
used as a polite way of describing a royal person:
our gracious Queen
—graciousness noun [uncountable]