- 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 loveliness
Lee makes a convincing case that the loveliness of much Renaissance art is inversely related to the moral ugliness of its patrons.Great Renaissance Art Thrived Amid Filth
December 3, 2014
The loveliness was made all the more unlikely by the lingering smell of smoke.Nor’easter Brings Dangerous Beauty to Rockaways After Hurricane Sandy
November 8, 2012
He challenges the shades and overcomes them with the loveliness of his song.Ann Wroe’s ‘Orpheus’: Why the Mythological Muse Haunts Us
May 31, 2012
His keen eyes had perceived Mary Turner's graces of form, her loveliness of face.Within the Law
All loveliness, all grace, all majesty are there; but we cannot see, cannot conceive—come away!Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
Nothing could exceed in loveliness the situation of this lake.Hetty's Strange History
At night, in his dreams, she returns, but never for a season may he look on her face of loveliness.A Dish Of Orts
But if the loveliness of her character should have purified his, and drawn and bound his soul to hers?Wilfrid Cumbermede
- 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 loveliness
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].