[byoo-tee-uh s, -tyuh s]

adjective Chiefly Literary.

Origin of beauteous

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at beauty, -ous
Related formsbeau·te·ous·ly, adverbbeau·te·ous·ness, nounun·beau·te·ous, adjectiveun·beau·te·ous·ly, adverbun·beau·te·ous·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for beauteous

Contemporary Examples of beauteous

Historical Examples of beauteous

  • Sweet and smiling are thy ways, Beauteous, golden, Autumn days!

    Farm Ballads

    Will Carleton

  • Beauteous and snowy was the person of the fair: her form was delicate, and her limbs were tender.


    William Godwin

  • It was in a late excursion of this kind that he had beheld the beauteous Imogen.


    William Godwin

  • In vain they woo him with their beauteous eyes and breath of perfume.

  • Fools and unwise are they who choose not beauteous men to be their generals.

British Dictionary definitions for beauteous



a poetic word for beautiful
Derived Formsbeauteously, adverbbeauteousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for beauteous

mid-15c., from beauty + -ous. Now mostly limited to poetry and displaced elsewhere by beautiful. Related: Beauteously; beauteousness.

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