[ luhv-lee ]
/ ˈlʌv li /
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adjective, love·li·er, love·li·est.
charmingly or exquisitely beautiful: a lovely flower.
having a beauty that appeals to the heart or mind as well as to the eye, as a person or a face.
delightful; highly pleasing: to have a lovely time.
of a great moral or spiritual beauty: a lovely character.
noun, plural love·lies.
Informal. a beautiful woman, especially a show girl.
any person or thing that is pleasing, highly satisfying, or the like: Every car in the new line is a lovely.
Nonstandard. very well; splendidly.
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OTHER WORDS FROM lovelylove·li·ly, adverblove·li·ness, noun
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How to use lovely in a sentence
You were certain that she was smarter than you, lovelier than you, more interesting than you.Is Bigger Better for St. Vincent?|David Yaffe|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
That day she could not have been lovelier, and we had a wide-ranging conversation.Supermodel Iman Walked Out on Me|Kevin Sessums|November 10, 2010|DAILY BEAST
He has gone further away than that, to a lovelier country than California, I hope.
We are exploring the neighbourhood together, and whichever path we take we think it lovelier than the one before.Penelope's Experiences in Scotland|Kate Douglas Wiggin
No artist of that time has created lovelier forms of women, beings with so great a charm of maidenly freshness and modest grace.The History of Modern Painting, Volume 1 (of 4)|Richard Muther
Never, the Rector thought, had he seen a lovelier picture of youth ministering to the wants of age.A Life Sentence|Adeline Sergeant
To cut from, early in spring, nothing is lovelier than the Lily of the Valley.Amateur Gardencraft|Eben E. Rexford
British Dictionary definitions for lovely
/ (ˈlʌvlɪ) /
adjective -lier or -liest
very attractive or beautiful
highly pleasing or enjoyablea lovely time
loving and attentive
inspiring love; lovable
noun plural -lies
slang a lovely woman
Derived forms of lovelyloveliness, noun
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