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lovely

[luhv-lee] /ˈlʌv li/
adjective, lovelier, loveliest.
1.
charmingly or exquisitely beautiful:
a lovely flower.
2.
having a beauty that appeals to the heart or mind as well as to the eye, as a person or a face.
3.
delightful; highly pleasing:
to have a lovely time.
4.
of a great moral or spiritual beauty:
a lovely character.
noun, plural lovelies.
5.
Informal. a beautiful woman, especially a show girl.
6.
any person or thing that is pleasing, highly satisfying, or the like:
Every car in the new line is a lovely.
adverb
7.
Nonstandard. very well; splendidly.
Origin of lovely
900
before 900; Middle English luvelich, Old English luflīc amiable. See love, -ly
Related forms
lovelily, adverb
loveliness, noun
Synonyms
1, 2. See beautiful.
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  • The excessive heat had wilted these flowers of loveliness and faded their bright hues.

    Ernest Linwood Caroline Lee Hentz
  • Never, she thought, had she seen anything so beautiful, so unearthly in its loveliness.

    Rita Laura E. Richards
  • The grand stairway shone resplendent as one magnificent centerpiece of loveliness.

    Solaris Farm Milan C. Edson
  • What and where would be the loveliness of Oxford without her trees?

    Oxford Frederick Douglas How
  • The morning broke over the beautiful Anahuac in loveliness and splendor.

    A Prince of Anahuac James A. Porter
  • It was as if we were being punished for loving the loveliness of summer.

    My Antonia Willa Cather
  • Those who met her, no longer remarked upon her loveliness, but rather spoke of the great change so short a period had wrought.

British Dictionary definitions for loveliness

lovely

/ˈlʌvlɪ/
adjective -lier, -liest
1.
very attractive or beautiful
2.
highly pleasing or enjoyable: a lovely time
3.
loving and attentive
4.
inspiring love; lovable
noun (pl) -lies
5.
(slang) a lovely woman
Derived Forms
loveliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for loveliness
n.

mid-14c., "lovableness," from lovely + -ness.

lovely

adj.

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].

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Slang definitions & phrases for loveliness

lovely

noun

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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