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beautiful

[ byoo-tuh-fuhl ]
/ ˈbyu tə fəl /
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adjective

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.
excellent of its kind: a beautiful putt on the seventh hole; The chef served us a beautiful roast of beef.
wonderful; very pleasing or satisfying.

noun

the beautiful,
  1. the concept of beauty.
  2. (used with a plural verb) beautiful things or people collectively: the good and the beautiful.
  3. the ideal of beauty: to strive to attain the beautiful.

interjection

wonderful; fantastic: You got two front-row seats? Beautiful!
extraordinary; incredible: used ironically: Your car broke down in the middle of the freeway? Beautiful!

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Origin of beautiful

First recorded in 1520–30; beauty + -ful

OTHER WORDS FROM beautiful

beau·ti·ful·ly, adverbbeau·ti·ful·ness, nounun·beau·ti·ful, adjectiveun·beau·ti·ful·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for beautiful

beautiful
/ (ˈbjuːtɪfʊl) /

adjective

possessing beauty; aesthetically pleasing
highly enjoyable; very pleasantthe party was beautiful

Derived forms of beautiful

beautifulness, noun
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