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lovely

[luhv-lee] /ˈlʌv li/
adjective, lovelier, loveliest.
1.
charmingly or exquisitely beautiful:
a lovely flower.
2.
having a beauty that appeals to the heart or mind as well as to the eye, as a person or a face.
3.
delightful; highly pleasing:
to have a lovely time.
4.
of a great moral or spiritual beauty:
a lovely character.
noun, plural lovelies.
5.
Informal. a beautiful woman, especially a show girl.
6.
any person or thing that is pleasing, highly satisfying, or the like:
Every car in the new line is a lovely.
adverb
7.
Nonstandard. very well; splendidly.
Origin of lovely
900
before 900; Middle English luvelich, Old English luflīc amiable. See love, -ly
Related forms
lovelily, adverb
loveliness, noun
Synonym Study
1, 2. See beautiful.
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  • I do think that a white crown makes her lovelier than she was before.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • And no day specially made for so happy an event could have been lovelier.

    A Singer from the Sea Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • She vanished, a little fluttered, lovelier than ever in her mixture of confusion and timidity.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • There isn't a lovelier sight on God's earth than a well-dressed Englishwoman.

    Audrey Craven May Sinclair
  • Could not her old favourite Botticelli have supplied him with a lovelier type?

    Audrey Craven May Sinclair
  • If you only knew it, there's nothing that you will ever do that's lovelier than your own womanhood.

    Audrey Craven May Sinclair
  • A lovelier scene there is not in the world, and it was at its very loveliest.

  • Madame Pompadour herself had no lovelier boudoir than Beatrice.

    The Gorgeous Girl

    Nalbro Bartley
British Dictionary definitions for lovelier

lovely

/ˈlʌvlɪ/
adjective -lier, -liest
1.
very attractive or beautiful
2.
highly pleasing or enjoyable: a lovely time
3.
loving and attentive
4.
inspiring love; lovable
noun (pl) -lies
5.
(slang) a lovely woman
Derived Forms
loveliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for lovelier

lovely

adj.

Old English luflic "affectionate, loveable;" see love (n.) + -ly (1). The modern sense of "lovable on account of beauty, attractive" is from c.1300, "applied indiscriminately to all pleasing material objects, from a piece of plum-cake to a Gothic cathedral" [George P. Marsh, "The Origin and History of the English Language," 1862].

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for lovelier

lovely

noun

An attractive woman: where flabby lovelies in polka-dot bikinis lobbed beachballs around (1940s+)

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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