beauty

[ byoo-tee ]
/ ˈbyu ti /

noun, plural beau·ties.

Origin of beauty

1225–75; Middle English be(a)ute < Old French beaute; replacing Middle English bealte < Old French beltet < Vulgar Latin *bellitāt- (stem of *bellitās), equivalent to Latin bell(us) fine + -itāt- -ity
Related formsnon·beau·ty, noun, plural non·beau·ties.
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British Dictionary definitions for beauty

beauty

/ (ˈbjuːtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

the combination of all the qualities of a person or thing that delight the senses and please the mind
a very attractive and well-formed girl or woman
informal an outstanding example of its kindthe horse is a beauty
informal an advantageous featureone beauty of the job is the short hours
informal, old-fashioned a light-hearted and affectionate term of addresshello, my old beauty!

interjection

(NZ ˈbjuːdɪ) an expression of approval or agreementAlso (Scot, Austral, and NZ): you beauty

Word Origin for beauty

C13: from Old French biauté, from biau beautiful; see beau
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Word Origin and History for beauty

beauty


n.
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Idioms and Phrases with beauty

beauty


In addition to the idiom beginning with beauty

  • beauty is only skin deep

also see:

  • that's the beauty of
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