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gorgeous

[gawr-juhs]
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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

Synonyms for gorgeous

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

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1. See magnificent.

Antonyms for gorgeous

1. poor, plain.
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Related Words for gorgeousness

brilliance, brilliancy, glamour, glory, magnificence, radiance, resplendence, sparkle, splendor

Examples from the Web for gorgeousness

Historical Examples of gorgeousness

  • "I'll just lay all this gorgeousness aside," said he apologetically.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • It had a more massive and, if we may use the term, Egyptian gorgeousness.

    Leila, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • Cassy fairly gasped when the scissors cut into its gorgeousness.

  • I remember being struck by the gorgeousness of it, its glitter and its glow.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service

  • A peacock's tail not merely in configuration but in its gorgeousness of color.


British Dictionary definitions for gorgeousness

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 for gorgeous

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

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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