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gorgeous

[gawr-juh s]
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adjective
  1. splendid or sumptuous in appearance, coloring, etc.; magnificent: a gorgeous gown; a gorgeous sunset.
  2. Informal. extremely good, enjoyable, or pleasant: I had a gorgeous time.
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Origin of gorgeous

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

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1. rich, superb, grand; brilliant, resplendent, glittering, dazzling.

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1. See magnificent.

Antonyms

1. poor, plain.
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gorgeous

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

Word Origin

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

adv.

1530s, from gorgeous + -ly (2).

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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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