or es·thet·ic

[ es-thet-ik or, esp. British, ees- ]
/ ɛsˈθɛt ɪk or, esp. British, is- /

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If you like a certain type of interior design, or art form, or particular band, or even a certain color ... that is your aesthetic; it evokes a happy and calming emotion in you because it's what is pleasing to your senses.




Origin of aesthetic

1795–1800; < New Latin aesthēticus < Greek aisthētikós “pertaining to sense perception, perceptible, sensitive” equivalent to aisthēt(ḗs) (see aesthete) + -ikos -ic

Related forms

non·aes·thet·ic, adjectivepseu·do·aes·thet·ic, adjective

Can be confused

acetic aesthetic ascetic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for aesthetic

British Dictionary definitions for aesthetic


sometimes US esthetic

/ (iːsˈθɛtɪk, ɪs-) /

adjective Also: aesthetical, sometimes US esthetical

connected with aesthetics or its principles
  1. relating to pure beauty rather than to other considerations
  2. artistic or relating to good tastean aesthetic consideration


a principle of taste or style adopted by a particular person, group, or culturethe Bauhaus aesthetic of functional modernity

Derived Forms

aesthetically or sometimes US esthetically, adverb
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Medicine definitions for aesthetic



Relating to the sensations.
Relating to esthetics.
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