[ byoo-tee ]
/ ˈbyu ti /

noun, plural beau·ties.

Nearby words

  1. beautification,
  2. beautiful,
  3. beautiful people,
  4. beautifully,
  5. beautify,
  6. beauty contest,
  7. beauty is only skin deep,
  8. beauty mark,
  9. beauty parlor,
  10. beauty queen

Origin of beauty

1225–75; Middle English be(a)ute < Old French beaute; replacing Middle English bealte < Old French beltet < Vulgar Latin *bellitāt- (stem of *bellitās), equivalent to Latin bell(us) fine + -itāt- -ity

Related formsnon·beau·ty, noun, plural non·beau·ties. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for beauties


/ (ˈbjuːtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

the combination of all the qualities of a person or thing that delight the senses and please the mind
a very attractive and well-formed girl or woman
informal an outstanding example of its kindthe horse is a beauty
informal an advantageous featureone beauty of the job is the short hours
informal, old-fashioned a light-hearted and affectionate term of addresshello, my old beauty!


(NZ ˈbjuːdɪ) an expression of approval or agreementAlso (Scot, Austral, and NZ): you beauty

Word Origin for beauty

C13: from Old French biauté, from biau beautiful; see beau

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Word Origin and History for beauties


Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with beauties


In addition to the idiom beginning with beauty

  • beauty is only skin deep

also see:

  • that's the beauty of
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