[ luhv-lee ]
/ ˈlʌv li /

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.


Nonstandard. very well; splendidly.

Origin of lovely

before 900; Middle English luvelich, Old English luflīc amiable. See love, -ly

synonym study for lovely

1, 2. See beautiful.


love·li·ly, adverblove·li·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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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 lovely

loveliness, noun
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