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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

attractivenesscomelinesscharmbeautyfairness

Examples from the Web for loveliness

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  • His keen eyes had perceived Mary Turner's graces of form, her loveliness of face.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • All loveliness, all grace, all majesty are there; but we cannot see, cannot conceive—come away!

    Green Mansions

    W. H. Hudson

  • Nothing could exceed in loveliness the situation of this lake.

  • At night, in his dreams, she returns, but never for a season may he look on her face of loveliness.

    A Dish Of Orts

    George MacDonald

  • But if the loveliness of her character should have purified his, and drawn and bound his soul to hers?

    Wilfrid Cumbermede

    George MacDonald


British Dictionary definitions for loveliness

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 loveliness

n.

mid-14c., "lovableness," from lovely + -ness.

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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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