beautiful

[byoo-tuh-fuhl]

adjective

noun

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!

Nearby words

  1. beaut,
  2. beauteous,
  3. beauteously,
  4. beautician,
  5. beautification,
  6. beautiful people,
  7. beautifully,
  8. beautify,
  9. beauty,
  10. beauty contest

Origin of beautiful

First recorded in 1520–30; beauty + -ful

Related formsbeau·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.

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British Dictionary definitions for beautifully

beautifully

adverb

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

beautiful

adjective

possessing beauty; aesthetically pleasing
highly enjoyable; very pleasantthe party was beautiful
Derived Formsbeautifulness, noun

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Word Origin and History for beautifully

beautiful

adj.

mid-15c., from beauty + -ful. The beautiful people "the fashionable set" first attested 1964 in (where else?) "Vogue" (it also was the title of a 1941 play by U.S. dramatist William Saroyan). House Beautiful is from "Pilgrim's Progress," where it is a proper name of a place. Related: Beautifully.

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