[ 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
She has been married to the music critic Pete Paphides (“the loveliest man who ever lived”) since 1999.Join Caitlin Moran’s Riotous Feminist Revolution|Lizzie Crocker|September 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It stands entirely on its own as one of Salinger's saddest, loveliest stories.What the Leaked J.D. Salinger Stories Reveal About the Author|Andrew Romano|November 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The loveliest thing about this play is that all it wants to do is entertain you.James Corden Talks About Improv and ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’|Janice Kaplan|May 16, 2012|DAILY BEAST
I often visit the Tarnovskys, whose niece is the loveliest girl I ever saw in my life.The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky|Modeste Tchaikovsky
Your old homestead is the loveliest place around, with its deep eaves and dormer-windows and vines.Tessa Wadsworth's Discipline|Jennie M. Drinkwater
I think it one of the loveliest spots I ever beheld, commanding beautiful views every way.Journal of a Voyage to Brazil|Maria Graham
If Jim had planned on showing them the loveliest scenery, he was running true to plan.The Adventure Girls at K Bar O|Clair Blank
It is the loveliest climate in the world, our political troubles seem near an end.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25)|Robert Louis Stevenson
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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