[puhl-kri-tood, -tyood]


physical beauty; comeliness.

Origin of pulchritude

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin pulchritūdō beauty, equivalent to pulchri- (combining form of pulcher beautiful) + -tūdō -tude

Synonyms for pulchritude

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Examples from the Web for pulchritude

Historical Examples of pulchritude

  • She thrust it out and strove to find encouragement in its pulchritude.

    The Californians

    Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton

  • I have never had any money and my particular kind of pulchritude doesn't appeal to them.

    Paradise Garden

    George Gibbs

  • If he has any, her crude manoeuvres make him laugh and he is repelled by her lack of pulchritude and amiability.

    In Defense of Women

    H. L. Mencken

  • From the beginning he and his friends have capitalized his poverty of pulchritude and his pulchritudinous poverty.

    Idling in Italy

    Joseph Collins

  • Her pulchritude has a background of good character and she is alive with the spirit of the New World.

British Dictionary definitions for pulchritude



formal, or literary physical beauty
Derived Formspulchritudinous, adjective

Word Origin for pulchritude

C15: from Latin pulchritūdō, from pulcher beautiful
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Word Origin and History for pulchritude

"beauty," c.1400, from Latin pulchritudo "beauty; excellence, attractiveness," from pulcher "beautiful," of unknown origin.

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