- 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 beautifully
Life is a series of seemingly throwaway moments strung together in a peculiar tapestry, and Linklater has captured it beautifully.Oscars 2015: The Daily Beast’s Picks, From Scarlett Johansson to ‘Boyhood’
January 6, 2015
Its beautifully aged wooden exterior houses traditional floor seating and beautiful gardens typical of the area.Inside The World’s 10 Oldest Restaurants
December 20, 2014
That means Japanese whiskies are beautifully balanced and elegant; they touch and develop on every sensor on the palate.Watch Out, Scotland! Japanese Whisky Is on the Rise
November 16, 2014
Hers is a dark response to his beautifully written coming out that invokes vultures in imagining the world he is entering.Gay Activist David Mixner: I Mercy Killed 8 People
October 29, 2014
The animation is beautifully rendered and the storytelling top notch even if the pacing is, at times, erratic.This Author Kills More Darlings Than George R.R. Martin
September 24, 2014
They look so beautifully, if it only were not necessary to eat them.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
The country on both sides is beautifully wooded, and very verdant.The Roof of France
His figure, although slight, was beautifully symmetrical and finely knit.Ridgeway
"It was beautifully done," said d'Aguilar in his soft voice and foreign accent.Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
Why, if Dick could only work his ears he could fan himself with it beautifully.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
- in a beautiful manner
- informal (intensifier)you did beautifully well in the race
- possessing beauty; aesthetically pleasing
- highly enjoyable; very pleasantthe party was beautiful
Word Origin and History for beautifully
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.