[ byoo-tuh-fuhl ]
/ ˈbyu tə fəl /




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

Related forms

beau·ti·ful·ly, adverbbeau·ti·ful·ness, nounun·beau·ti·ful, adjectiveun·beau·ti·ful·ly, adverb

Synonym study

1. Beautiful, handsome, lovely, pretty refer to a pleasing appearance. A person or thing that is beautiful has perfection of form, color, etc., or noble and spiritual qualities: a beautiful landscape, a beautiful woman. Handsome often implies stateliness or pleasing proportion and symmetry: a handsome man. That which is lovely is beautiful but in a warm and endearing way: a lovely smile. Pretty implies a moderate but noticeable beauty, especially in that which is small or of minor importance: a pretty child. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for beautifully

British Dictionary definitions for beautifully (1 of 2)


/ (ˈbjuːtɪflɪ) /


in a beautiful manner
informal (intensifier)you did beautifully well in the race

British Dictionary definitions for beautifully (2 of 2)


/ (ˈbjuːtɪfʊl) /


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

Derived Forms

beautifulness, noun
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