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

Synonyms for beautiful

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.

Antonyms for beautiful

1. ugly. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for beautifully

Contemporary Examples of beautifully

Historical Examples of beautifully

  • They look so beautifully, if it only were not necessary to eat them.


    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • The country on both sides is beautifully wooded, and very verdant.

    The Roof of France

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • His figure, although slight, was beautifully symmetrical and finely knit.


    Scian Dubh

  • "It was beautifully done," said d'Aguilar in his soft voice and foreign accent.

    Fair Margaret

    H. Rider Haggard

  • Why, if Dick could only work his ears he could fan himself with it beautifully.

    The Rock of Chickamauga

    Joseph A. Altsheler

British Dictionary definitions for beautifully



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



possessing beauty; aesthetically pleasing
highly enjoyable; very pleasantthe party was beautiful
Derived Formsbeautifulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for beautifully



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper