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[byoo-tee-uh s, -tyuh s] /ˈbyu ti əs, -tyəs/
adjective, Chiefly Literary.
Origin of beauteous
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50; See origin at beauty, -ous
Related forms
beauteously, adverb
beauteousness, noun
unbeauteous, adjective
unbeauteously, adverb
unbeauteousness, noun Unabridged
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  • Sweet and smiling are thy ways, beauteous, golden, Autumn days!

    Farm Ballads Will Carleton
  • beauteous and snowy was the person of the fair: her form was delicate, and her limbs were tender.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • It was in a late excursion of this kind that he had beheld the beauteous Imogen.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • In vain they woo him with their beauteous eyes and breath of perfume.

  • Fools and unwise are they who choose not beauteous men to be their generals.

    The Symposium Xenophon
  • Was she a slender, tawny-haired, blue-eyed, most beauteous maid?

British Dictionary definitions for beauteous


a poetic word for beautiful
Derived Forms
beauteously, adverb
beauteousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for beauteous

mid-15c., from beauty + -ous. Now mostly limited to poetry and displaced elsewhere by beautiful. Related: Beauteously; beauteousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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