gorgeous

[ gawr-juhs ]
/ ˈgɔr dʒəs /

adjective

splendid or sumptuous in appearance, coloring, etc.; magnificent: a gorgeous gown; a gorgeous sunset.
Informal. extremely good, enjoyable, or pleasant: I had a gorgeous time.

Origin of gorgeous

1490–1500; earlier gorgeouse < Old French gorgias fashionable, elegant (< ?); see -ous
Related formsgor·geous·ly, adverbgor·geous·ness, noun

Synonym study

1. See magnificent.
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gorgeous

/ (ˈɡɔːdʒəs) /

adjective

strikingly beautiful or magnificentgorgeous array; a gorgeous girl
informal extremely pleasing, fine, or goodgorgeous weather
Derived Formsgorgeously, adverbgorgeousness, noun

Word Origin for gorgeous

C15: from Old French gorgias elegant, from gorgias wimple, from gorge; see gorge
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Word Origin and History for gorgeous

gorgeous


adj.

late 15c., "splendid, showy" (of clothing), from Middle French gorgias "elegant, fashionable," of unknown origin; perhaps literally "necklace" (and thus "fond of jewelry"), from Old French gorge "bosom, throat," also "something adorning the throat." A connection to the Greek proper name Gorgias (supposedly in reference to a notorious sophist) also has been proposed. Related: Gorgeousness.

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