- charmingly or exquisitely beautiful: a lovely flower.
- having a beauty that appeals to the heart or mind as well as to the eye, as a person or a face.
- delightful; highly pleasing: to have a lovely time.
- of a great moral or spiritual beauty: a lovely character.
- Informal. a beautiful woman, especially a show girl.
- any person or thing that is pleasing, highly satisfying, or the like: Every car in the new line is a lovely.
- Nonstandard. very well; splendidly.
Origin of lovely
Examples from the Web for lovelier
I do think that a white crown makes her lovelier than she was before.Her Father's Daughter
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
There isn't a lovelier sight on God's earth than a well-dressed Englishwoman.
Could not her old favourite Botticelli have supplied him with a lovelier type?
- very attractive or beautiful
- highly pleasing or enjoyablea lovely time
- loving and attentive
- inspiring love; lovable
- slang a lovely woman
Word Origin and History for lovelier
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].