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[wel-fey-verd] /ˈwɛlˈfeɪ vərd/
of pleasing appearance; good-looking; pretty or handsome.
Also, especially British, well-favoured.
Origin of well-favored
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1375-1425 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for well-favoured
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  • I was well-favoured at your age, but your pa wan't much on looks.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • A tall, well-favoured young maid she is—might be a princess, to look at her.

    The King's Daughters Emily Sarah Holt
  • One of the men was tall and ill-favoured, the other, short and well-favoured.

    The Lighthouse R.M. Ballantyne
  • Mistress Alice, "the gentle Alice," was reckoned fair and well-favoured.

  • Now, Nell is all ways slower than Edith and me, and nothing like so well-favoured.

    Joyce Morrell's Harvest Emily Sarah Holt
  • Oh, nay,” quoth Edith: “but well-favoured, and of a fair hair and beard.

    Joyce Morrell's Harvest Emily Sarah Holt
  • You are young and well-favoured,—a fitter man than some that might be forced upon her.

    Captain Ravenshaw Robert Neilson Stephens
  • "At least he is a well-favoured thief," said one of the queens to another.

  • He had a well-favoured countenance; fair, good-humoured, but very sly.

    Sybil Benjamin Disraeli
  • A harsh name, girls, for so well-favoured a youth; what say you?

British Dictionary definitions for well-favoured


adjective (well favoured when postpositive)
having good features; good-looking
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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