- 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 loveliest
She has been married to the music critic Pete Paphides (“the loveliest man who ever lived”) since 1999.Join Caitlin Moran’s Riotous Feminist Revolution
September 29, 2014
It stands entirely on its own as one of Salinger's saddest, loveliest stories.What the Leaked J.D. Salinger Stories Reveal About the Author
November 30, 2013
The loveliest thing about this play is that all it wants to do is entertain you.James Corden Talks About Improv and ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’
May 16, 2012
No color, only light came to the surface of it, and broke in the loveliest smile.Weighed and Wanting
Eileen was almost, if not quite, the loveliest thing I ever have seen.Her Father's Daughter
"The Runs" was, as Hetty had said, one of the loveliest of sea-side places.Hetty's Strange History
This morning there was the loveliest sunshine, and that I was going to leave behind.Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood
The loveliest spots on earth are those where man seldom comes.Henry Dunbar
M. E. Braddon
- 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 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].