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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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Examples from the Web for loveliest
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  • No color, only light came to the surface of it, and broke in the loveliest smile.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • Eileen was almost, if not quite, the loveliest thing I ever have seen.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • "The Runs" was, as Hetty had said, one of the loveliest of sea-side places.

  • This morning there was the loveliest sunshine, and that I was going to leave behind.

    Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood George MacDonald
  • The loveliest spots on earth are those where man seldom comes.

    Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon
  • It was the loveliest evening that brooded round us as we walked.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • Thou must learn, loveliest of thy sex, to dread the poison of flattery.

    Imogen William Godwin
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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