noun, plural beau·ties.
- beautiful people,
- beauty contest,
- beauty is only skin deep,
- beauty mark,
- beauty parlor,
- beauty queen
Origin of beauty
Examples from the Web for beauties
The best way to honor that spirit is not to throw galas celebrating the beauties of the American wilderness.
Will “trans” beauties and heterosexuals one day compete for the same crown?Brazil Crowns Transgender Beauty Queen in Daring New “Miss T” Contest|Mac Margolis|October 24, 2013|DAILY BEAST
One of the beauties of Islam is there is no Pope, so to each her own.
Building one of these beauties takes 604 hours of highly skilled labor.Savoir Beds’ Royal State Bed: Just Perfect, If You Have $175,000|Daniel Gross|June 27, 2013|DAILY BEAST
No beauties, poetical or musical, have been passed down to us from any actual man called Orpheus.Ann Wroe’s ‘Orpheus’: Why the Mythological Muse Haunts Us|Ann Wroe|May 31, 2012|DAILY BEAST
They had an air of showing him about Princeton as if he must absorb its beauties for the last time.The Guarded Heights|Wadsworth Camp
A man should have this picture a twelvemonth in his collection before he can discover half its beauties!'Caricature and Other Comic Art|James Parton.
Thus the most sensuous of beauties can be full of sentimental suggestion.The Sense of Beauty|George Santayana
So I shall, and I mean to have it too, and see all the beauties of which I have heard.Left to Ourselves|Catharine Shaw
The beauties of the Bible have charmed the critical of all ages.The Golden Censer|John McGovern
noun plural -ties
Word Origin for beauty
early 14c., "physical attractiveness," also "goodness, courtesy," from Anglo-French beute, Old French biauté "beauty, seductiveness, beautiful person" (12c., Modern French beauté), earlier beltet, from Vulgar Latin bellitatem (nominative bellitas) "state of being handsome," from Latin bellus "pretty, handsome, charming," in classical Latin used especially of women and children, or ironically or insultingly of men, perhaps from PIE *dw-en-elo-, diminutive of root *deu- "to do, perform, show favor, revere" (see bene-). Famously defined by Stendhal as la promesse de bonheur "the promise of happiness."
[I]t takes the one hundred men in ten million who understand beauty, which isn't imitation or an improvement on the beautiful as already understood by the common herd, twenty or thirty years to convince the twenty thousand next most sensitive souls after their own that this new beauty is truly beautiful. [Stendhal, "Life of Henry Brulard"]
Replaced Old English wlite. Concrete meaning "a beautiful woman" is first recorded late 14c. Beauty sleep "sleep before midnight" is attested by 1850. Beauty spot is from 1650s. Beauty parlor is from 1894.
The sudden death of a young woman a little over a week ago in a down-town "beauty parlor" has served to direct public attention to those institutions and their methods. In this case, it seems, the operator painted on or injected into the patron's facial blemish a 4-per-cent cocaine solution and then applied an electrode, the sponge of which was saturated with carbolized water. ["The Western Druggist," October 1894]
Beauté du diable (literally "devil's beauty") is used as a French phrase in English from 1825.
In addition to the idiom beginning with beauty
- beauty is only skin deep
- that's the beauty of