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lovely

[ luhv-lee ]
/ ˈlʌv li /
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adjective, love·li·er, love·li·est.

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.

adverb

Nonstandard. very well; splendidly.

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loveliness, lovell, lovelock, lovelonging, lovelorn, lovely, lovemaking, lover, lover's knot, lover's leap, lover, samuel

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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British Dictionary definitions for lovely

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 Formsloveliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for lovely

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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