- 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 beauty
If you read the reactions, she was billed as ‘Beauty and Brains.’Why Was Bess Myerson the First and Last Jewish Miss America?
January 7, 2015
There was something beautiful about this, and I still see that beauty.Random Hook-Ups or Dry Spells: Why Millennials Flunk College Dating
January 1, 2015
But fashion is about beauty, and the [female] body is part of that.What, and Who, You'll Be Wearing in 2015
December 27, 2014
The amenities include a fitness room, a sauna, a beauty parlor, and a karaoke setup.Inside the ‘Surprisingly Great’ North Korean Hacker Hotel
December 20, 2014
But at 45, Branch died of a reported suicide, leaving behind family, friends and a legacy that goes beyond the beauty industry.Goodbye To A Natural Hair Guru: Miss Jessie's Cofounder Titi Branch Dead At 45
December 16, 2014
This boasted power of intellect—this giddy triumph of beauty—what do they do for you?
Let young men hear the praise of virtue from the lips of beauty.
Aspasia said wisely, that the spirit of beauty flows in, only where the proportions are harmonious.
"The beauty that lies within has ever a mysterious power," answered Plato.
Now you like it, and you got beauty—only you need more money.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
- 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 beauty
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.