- the quality present in a thing or person that gives intense pleasure or deep satisfaction to the mind, whether arising from sensory manifestations (as shape, color, sound, etc.), a meaningful design or pattern, or something else (as a personality in which high spiritual qualities are manifest).
- a beautiful person, especially a woman.
- a beautiful thing, as a work of art or a building.
- Often beauties. something that is beautiful in nature or in some natural or artificial environment.
- an individually pleasing or beautiful quality; grace; charm: a vivid blue area that is the one real beauty of the painting.
- Informal. a particular advantage: One of the beauties of this medicine is the freedom from aftereffects.
- (usually used ironically) something extraordinary: My sunburn was a real beauty.
- something excellent of its kind: My old car was a beauty.
Origin of beauty
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Examples from the Web for beauties
The best way to honor that spirit is not to throw galas celebrating the beauties of the American wilderness.Keep Our Wilderness Off Of Wi-Fi
September 3, 2014
Will “trans” beauties and heterosexuals one day compete for the same crown?Brazil Crowns Transgender Beauty Queen in Daring New “Miss T” Contest
October 24, 2013
One of the beauties of Islam is there is no Pope, so to each her own.First Friday of Ramadan For Palestinians
July 12, 2013
Building one of these beauties takes 604 hours of highly skilled labor.Savoir Beds’ Royal State Bed: Just Perfect, If You Have $175,000
June 27, 2013
No beauties, poetical or musical, have been passed down to us from any actual man called Orpheus.Ann Wroe’s ‘Orpheus’: Why the Mythological Muse Haunts Us
May 31, 2012
I will attempt no description of the beauties that met them at every turn.Weighed and Wanting
What is there that I can do with all the beauties of my parlors?Ester Ried Yet Speaking
Comrade Ossipon was familiar with the beauties of its journalistic style.The Secret Agent
And so this wench is to stock the parish with beauties, I hope.Joseph Andrews, Vol. 2
They loved the beauties of nature, and had a keen sense for discovering them.English Villages
P. H. Ditchfield
- the combination of all the qualities of a person or thing that delight the senses and please the mind
- a very attractive and well-formed girl or woman
- informal an outstanding example of its kindthe horse is a beauty
- informal an advantageous featureone beauty of the job is the short hours
- informal, old-fashioned a light-hearted and affectionate term of addresshello, my old beauty!
- (NZ ˈbjuːdɪ) an expression of approval or agreementAlso (Scot, Austral, and NZ): you beauty
Word Origin and History for beauties
early 14c., "physical attractiveness," also "goodness, courtesy," from Anglo-French beute, Old French biauté "beauty, seductiveness, beautiful person" (12c., Modern French beauté), earlier beltet, from Vulgar Latin bellitatem (nominative bellitas) "state of being handsome," from Latin bellus "pretty, handsome, charming," in classical Latin used especially of women and children, or ironically or insultingly of men, perhaps from PIE *dw-en-elo-, diminutive of root *deu- "to do, perform, show favor, revere" (see bene-). Famously defined by Stendhal as la promesse de bonheur "the promise of happiness."
[I]t takes the one hundred men in ten million who understand beauty, which isn't imitation or an improvement on the beautiful as already understood by the common herd, twenty or thirty years to convince the twenty thousand next most sensitive souls after their own that this new beauty is truly beautiful. [Stendhal, "Life of Henry Brulard"]
Replaced Old English wlite. Concrete meaning "a beautiful woman" is first recorded late 14c. Beauty sleep "sleep before midnight" is attested by 1850. Beauty spot is from 1650s. Beauty parlor is from 1894.
The sudden death of a young woman a little over a week ago in a down-town "beauty parlor" has served to direct public attention to those institutions and their methods. In this case, it seems, the operator painted on or injected into the patron's facial blemish a 4-per-cent cocaine solution and then applied an electrode, the sponge of which was saturated with carbolized water. ["The Western Druggist," October 1894]
Beauté du diable (literally "devil's beauty") is used as a French phrase in English from 1825.