pulchritude

[ puhl-kri-tood, -tyood ]
/ ˈpʌl krɪˌtud, -ˌtyud /

noun

physical beauty; comeliness.

Nearby words

  1. pulao,
  2. pulaski,
  3. pulaski, casimir,
  4. pulaski, fort,
  5. pulau pinang,
  6. pulchritudinous,
  7. pulci,
  8. pule,
  9. pulesati,
  10. pulex

Origin of pulchritude

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

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British Dictionary definitions for pulchritude

pulchritude

/ (ˈpʌlkrɪˌtjuːd) /

noun

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

pulchritude

n.

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

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