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adjective, love·li·er, love·li·est.
  1. charmingly or exquisitely beautiful: a lovely flower.
  2. having a beauty that appeals to the heart or mind as well as to the eye, as a person or a face.
  3. delightful; highly pleasing: to have a lovely time.
  4. of a great moral or spiritual beauty: a lovely character.
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noun, plural love·lies.
  1. Informal. a beautiful woman, especially a show girl.
  2. any person or thing that is pleasing, highly satisfying, or the like: Every car in the new line is a lovely.
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  1. Nonstandard. very well; splendidly.
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Origin of lovely

before 900; Middle English luvelich, Old English luflīc amiable. See love, -ly
Related formslove·li·ly, adverblove·li·ness, noun

Synonym study

1, 2. See beautiful.
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Related Words for lovelier

alluring, engaging, pleasing, splendid, sweet, stunning, pleasant, delightful, delicate, delicious, gorgeous, graceful, enchanting, pretty, exquisite, handsome, captivating, picture, fair, knockout

Examples from the Web for lovelier

Contemporary Examples of lovelier

Historical Examples of lovelier

  • I do think that a white crown makes her lovelier than she was before.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • And no day specially made for so happy an event could have been lovelier.

    A Singer from the Sea

    Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr

  • She vanished, a little fluttered, lovelier than ever in her mixture of confusion and timidity.


    Rafael Sabatini

  • There isn't a lovelier sight on God's earth than a well-dressed Englishwoman.

    Audrey Craven

    May Sinclair

  • Could not her old favourite Botticelli have supplied him with a lovelier type?

    Audrey Craven

    May Sinclair

British Dictionary definitions for lovelier


adjective -lier or -liest
  1. very attractive or beautiful
  2. highly pleasing or enjoyablea lovely time
  3. loving and attentive
  4. inspiring love; lovable
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noun plural -lies
  1. slang a lovely woman
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Derived Formsloveliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for lovelier



Old English luflic "affectionate, loveable;" see love (n.) + -ly (1). The modern sense of "lovable on account of beauty, attractive" is from c.1300, "applied indiscriminately to all pleasing material objects, from a piece of plum-cake to a Gothic cathedral" [George P. Marsh, "The Origin and History of the English Language," 1862].

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