- having beauty; possessing qualities that give great pleasure or satisfaction to see, hear, think about, etc.; delighting the senses or mind: a beautiful dress; a beautiful speech.
- excellent of its kind: a beautiful putt on the seventh hole; The chef served us a beautiful roast of beef.
- wonderful; very pleasing or satisfying.
- the concept of beauty (usually preceded by the).
- (used with a plural verb) beautiful things or people collectively (usually preceded by the): the good and the beautiful.
- the ideal of beauty (usually preceded by the): to strive to attain the beautiful.
- wonderful; fantastic: You got two front-row seats? Beautiful!
- extraordinary; incredible: used ironically: Your car broke down in the middle of the freeway? Beautiful!
Origin of beautiful
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Examples from the Web for beautiful
Its graceful hotels and beautiful restaurants are totally dependent on the tourist trade.Is Putin Turning to Terrorism in Ukraine?
January 6, 2015
Chen bowed her head during the playing of “America the Beautiful.”Funeral Protest Is Too Much for NYPD Union Boss
January 5, 2015
Here is where the biking becomes the most beautiful — and increasingly challenging.Biking With the Bard
December 28, 2014
The sport of surfing is a very sexy sport, beautiful people on beautiful beaches in minimal clothing.Anastasia Ashley, Surfer-Cum-Model, Rides The Viral Internet Wave
December 23, 2014
Its beautifully aged wooden exterior houses traditional floor seating and beautiful gardens typical of the area.Inside The World’s 10 Oldest Restaurants
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What is the use of a beautiful face, if one must be shut up in her own apartment for ever?
It was a beautiful cameo of Alcibiades, with the quiver and bow of Eros.
It was motionless as marble; but never had she seen anything so beautiful, and so unearthly.
Aspasia will tell you I have been a beautiful but idle dreamer all my life.
That's where our big West is, over that way—isn't it fresh and green and beautiful?The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
- possessing beauty; aesthetically pleasing
- highly enjoyable; very pleasantthe party was beautiful
Word Origin and History for beautiful
mid-15c., from beauty + -ful. The beautiful people "the fashionable set" first attested 1964 in (where else?) "Vogue" (it also was the title of a 1941 play by U.S. dramatist William Saroyan). House Beautiful is from "Pilgrim's Progress," where it is a proper name of a place. Related: Beautifully.