[ byoo-tuh-fuhl ]
See synonyms for: beautifulbeautifully on

  1. having beauty; possessing qualities that give great pleasure or satisfaction to see, hear, think about, etc.; delighting the senses or mind: a beautiful dress;a beautiful speech.

  2. excellent of its kind: a beautiful putt on the seventh hole; The chef served us a beautiful roast of beef.

  1. wonderful; very pleasing or satisfying.

  1. the beautiful,

    • the concept of beauty.

    • (used with a plural verb) beautiful things or people collectively: the good and the beautiful.

    • the ideal of beauty: to strive to attain the beautiful.

  1. wonderful; fantastic: You got two front-row seats? Beautiful!

  2. extraordinary; incredible: used ironically: Your car broke down in the middle of the freeway? Beautiful!

Origin of beautiful

First recorded in 1520–30; beauty + -ful

Other words for beautiful

Opposites for beautiful

Other words from beautiful

  • beau·ti·ful·ly, adverb
  • beau·ti·ful·ness, noun
  • un·beau·ti·ful, adjective
  • un·beau·ti·ful·ly, adverb

Words Nearby beautiful Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use beautiful in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for beautiful


/ (ˈbjuːtɪfʊl) /

  1. possessing beauty; aesthetically pleasing

  2. highly enjoyable; very pleasant: the party was beautiful

Derived forms of beautiful

  • beautifulness, noun

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