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lovely

[luhv-lee]
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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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adverb
  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 loveliest

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 loveliest

Contemporary Examples of loveliest

Historical Examples of loveliest

  • No color, only light came to the surface of it, and broke in the loveliest smile.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • Eileen was almost, if not quite, the loveliest thing I ever have seen.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • "The Runs" was, as Hetty had said, one of the loveliest of sea-side places.

  • This morning there was the loveliest sunshine, and that I was going to leave behind.

  • The loveliest spots on earth are those where man seldom comes.

    Henry Dunbar

    M. E. Braddon


British Dictionary definitions for loveliest

lovely

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 loveliest

lovely

adj.

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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