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[luhv-lee] /ˈlʌv li/
adjective, lovelier, loveliest.
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.
noun, plural lovelies.
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
before 900; Middle English luvelich, Old English luflīc amiable. See love, -ly
Related forms
lovelily, adverb
loveliness, noun
Synonym Study
1, 2. See beautiful. Unabridged
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  • It was the loveliest evening that brooded round us as we walked.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • Yet this is just the weather in which Tuscan landscape looks its loveliest.

    New Italian sketches John Addington Symonds
  • She put on the same dress that had charmed Philip so much, and went downstairs looking her loveliest.

    Woman and Artist Max O'Rell
  • Matthew has given me the loveliest dress, with such sleeves.

  • And then, to leave the lovely place at the loveliest of all times in a garden, the cool of the day!

    A Woman's Hardy Garden Helena Rutherfurd Ely
  • It was the loveliest girl Beauvayse had ever seen, or ever would see.

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • His scheme was to go to Jamaica and spend his suddenly acquired wealth in "that loveliest of the Antilles."

    The Panama Canal J. Saxon Mills
British Dictionary definitions for loveliest


adjective -lier, -liest
very attractive or beautiful
highly pleasing or enjoyable: a lovely time
loving and attentive
inspiring love; lovable
noun (pl) -lies
(slang) a lovely woman
Derived Forms
loveliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for loveliest



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 loveliest



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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