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[gawr-juh s] /ˈgɔr dʒəs/
splendid or sumptuous in appearance, coloring, etc.; magnificent:
a gorgeous gown; a gorgeous sunset.
Informal. extremely good, enjoyable, or pleasant:
I had a gorgeous time.
Origin of gorgeous
1490-1500; earlier gorgeouse < Old French gorgias fashionable, elegant (< ?); see -ous
Related forms
gorgeously, adverb
gorgeousness, noun
1. rich, superb, grand; brilliant, resplendent, glittering, dazzling.
1. poor, plain.
Synonym Study
1. See magnificent. Unabridged
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  • The gorgeousness of the ambassador's dress was thought remarkable even in those gorgeous times.

  • George the Fourth strutted through here in all his gorgeousness in 1821.

    Wanderings in Ireland Michael Myers Shoemaker
  • It made Rose's heart ache with envy to walk through those lovely rooms—long vistas of splendour and gorgeousness.

  • Probably, though, that gorgeousness had a good effect upon his followers.

    The Forgotten Planet Murray Leinster
  • The gorgeousness of his apparel eliminated every variety of lily, except the tiger, from consideration.

    The Triumph of Virginia Dale John Francis, Jr.
  • The fall arrived in a splendor that was truly oriental in its gorgeousness.

    The Mountain Girl Payne Erskine
  • She was the centre of a painting set against a background of nature's gorgeousness.

    Neighbours Robert Stead
  • I cursed the Citt di Trieste and her gorgeousness, and looked down my nose.

    Sea and Sardinia D. H. Lawrence
  • "I'll just lay all this gorgeousness aside," said he apologetically.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • He was living in gorgeousness for the sole reason that he and they were in the same boat.

    Mr. Prohack E. Arnold Bennett
British Dictionary definitions for gorgeousness


strikingly beautiful or magnificent: gorgeous array, a gorgeous girl
(informal) extremely pleasing, fine, or good: gorgeous weather
Derived Forms
gorgeously, adverb
gorgeousness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French gorgias elegant, from gorgias wimple, from gorge; see gorge
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Word Origin and History for gorgeousness



late 15c., "splendid, showy" (of clothing), from Middle French gorgias "elegant, fashionable," of unknown origin; perhaps literally "necklace" (and thus "fond of jewelry"), from Old French gorge "bosom, throat," also "something adorning the throat." A connection to the Greek proper name Gorgias (supposedly in reference to a notorious sophist) also has been proposed. Related: Gorgeousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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