- 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 lovely
When he does, here is a gentleness in his voice, a reflective and lovely quality that no movie he has been in has ever captured.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
Note: The egg wash both affixes the pastry to the dish and makes a lovely browned crust.Make These Barefoot Contessa Chicken Pot Pies
November 29, 2014
The Daily Beast spoke with the lovely actress about the holiday movie, in theaters Christmas Day, and much more.Anna Kendrick on Feminism, #GamerGate, and the Celebrity Hacking Attack
November 25, 2014
From reports it must once have been a lovely old city with stone houses and a medieval quarter.Blood in the Sand: When James Jones Wrote a Grunt’s View of D-Day
November 15, 2014
Was it Shakespeare, in mad pursuit of a lovely boy and that voluptuous Dark Lady?Sor Juana: Mexico’s Most Erotic Poet and Its Most Dangerous Nun
November 8, 2014
Did he tell you how to make a lovely asparagus short-cake or something?The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
That graceful maiden is too lovely for any destiny meaner than a royal marriage.
Philothea's tall figure was a lovely union of majesty and grace.
Never is the city so lovely as in this month of May, when all the trees are in the fullness of their foliage.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
Her first thought was of the lovely things of the country and the joy of them.Weighed and Wanting
- 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 lovely
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].