[ 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.

  1. delightful; highly pleasing: to have a lovely time.

  2. of a great moral or spiritual beauty: a lovely character.

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.

  1. Nonstandard. very well; splendidly.

Origin of lovely

First recorded before 900; Middle English luvelich, Old English luflīc “amiable”; love + -ly

Other words from lovely

  • love·li·ly, adverb
  • love·li·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use lovely in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for lovely


/ (ˈlʌvlɪ) /

adjective-lier or -liest
  1. very attractive or beautiful

  2. highly pleasing or enjoyable: a lovely time

  1. loving and attentive

  2. inspiring love; lovable

nounplural -lies
  1. slang a lovely woman

Derived forms of lovely

  • loveliness, noun

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