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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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Examples from the Web for beautifulness
Historical Examples
  • No other approaches Him in wisdom, love, beautifulness, and glory.

    Modern Skepticism C. J. Ellicott
  • Nothing can hurt me no more—And you always stood out to me in my dreams as the angel from love and beautifulness.

    Hungry Hearts Anzia Yezierska
  • I asked myself, what was that beautifulness in his eyes that made the lowest nobody feel like a somebody?

    Hungry Hearts Anzia Yezierska
  • There is (and Browning proved it) a 'beautifulness' in the rugged; it is a sense of being 'beautifully' rugged.

    Gilbert Keith Chesterton

    Patrick Braybrooke
  • How can you look on the way it dances the beautifulness from every corner and not jump in the air from happiness?

    Hungry Hearts Anzia Yezierska
  • I compared the discolored body with the figure of Ianthe, as revealed in Queen Mab, but failed to see the beautifulness of death.

    Campaigns of a Non-Combatant, George Alfred Townsend
  • We may find a meaning for this, but is it in fact different from the beautifulness of beauty, which we should call nonsense?

    The Story of My Life, volumes 4-6 Augustus J. C. Hare
  • She was like a little princess herself, all lace and embroidery and blue ribbons and beautifulness.

    At His Gates, Vol. 1(of 3) Margaret Oliphant
British Dictionary definitions for beautifulness


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 beautifulness



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 beautifulness



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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