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gorgeous

[gawr-juh s] /ˈgɔr dʒəs/
adjective
1.
splendid or sumptuous in appearance, coloring, etc.; magnificent:
a gorgeous gown; a gorgeous sunset.
2.
Informal. extremely good, enjoyable, or pleasant:
I had a gorgeous time.
Origin of gorgeous
1490-1500
1490-1500; earlier gorgeouse < Old French gorgias fashionable, elegant (< ?); see -ous
Related forms
gorgeously, adverb
gorgeousness, noun
Synonyms
1. rich, superb, grand; brilliant, resplendent, glittering, dazzling.
Antonyms
1. poor, plain.
Synonym Study
1. See magnificent.
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gorgeous

/ˈɡɔːdʒəs/
adjective
1.
strikingly beautiful or magnificent: gorgeous array, a gorgeous girl
2.
(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

gorgeous

adj.

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.

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