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[byoo-tuh-fuh l] /ˈbyu tə fəl/
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
First recorded in 1520-30; beauty + -ful
Related forms
beautifully, adverb
beautifulness, noun
unbeautiful, adjective
unbeautifully, adverb
1. comely, seemly, attractive, fair, beauteous.
1. ugly.
Synonym Study
1. Beautiful, handsome, lovely, pretty refer to a pleasing appearance. A person or thing that is beautiful has perfection of form, color, etc., or noble and spiritual qualities: a beautiful landscape, a beautiful woman. Handsome often implies stateliness or pleasing proportion and symmetry: a handsome man. That which is lovely is beautiful but in a warm and endearing way: a lovely smile. Pretty implies a moderate but noticeable beauty, especially in that which is small or of minor importance: a pretty child. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • What is the use of a beautiful face, if one must be shut up in her own apartment for ever?

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • It was a beautiful cameo of Alcibiades, with the quiver and bow of Eros.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • Aspasia will tell you I have been a beautiful but idle dreamer all my life.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • It was motionless as marble; but never had she seen anything so beautiful, and so unearthly.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • That's where our big West is, over that way—isn't it fresh and green and beautiful?

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
British Dictionary definitions for beautiful


possessing beauty; aesthetically pleasing
highly enjoyable; very pleasant: the party was beautiful
Derived Forms
beautifulness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for beautiful



An exclamation of approval and gratification (mid-1800s+)


A good-looking woman •Used in direct address: Where've you been all my life, beautiful? (1920s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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