beautiful

[byoo-tuh-fuhl]
adjective
1.
having beauty; possessing qualities that give great pleasure or satisfaction to see, hear, think about, etc.; delighting the senses or mind: a beautiful dress; a beautiful speech.
2.
excellent of its kind: a beautiful putt on the seventh hole; The chef served us a beautiful roast of beef.
3.
wonderful; very pleasing or satisfying.
noun
4.
the concept of beauty (usually preceded by the ).
5.
(used with a plural verb) beautiful things or people collectively (usually preceded by the ): the good and the beautiful.
6.
the ideal of beauty (usually preceded by the ): to strive to attain the beautiful.
interjection
7.
wonderful; fantastic: You got two front-row seats? Beautiful!
8.
extraordinary; incredible: used ironically: Your car broke down in the middle of the freeway? Beautiful!

Origin:
1520–30; beauty + -ful

beautifully, adverb
beautifulness, noun
unbeautiful, adjective
unbeautifully, adverb


1. comely, seemly, attractive, fair, beauteous. Beautiful, handsome, lovely, pretty refer to a pleasing appearance. A person or thing that is beautiful has perfection of form, color, etc., or noble and spiritual qualities: a beautiful landscape, a beautiful woman. Handsome often implies stateliness or pleasing proportion and symmetry: a handsome man. That which is lovely is beautiful but in a warm and endearing way: a lovely smile. Pretty implies a moderate but noticeable beauty, especially in that which is small or of minor importance: a pretty child.


1. ugly.
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beautiful (ˈbjuːtɪfʊl)
 
adj
1.  possessing beauty; aesthetically pleasing
2.  highly enjoyable; very pleasant: the party was beautiful
 
'beautifulness
 
n

beautifully (ˈbjuːtɪflɪ)
 
adv
1.  in a beautiful manner
2.  informal (intensifier): you did beautifully well in the race

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beautiful
1520s, from beauty + -ful. Beautiful people "the fashionable set" first attested 1964 in (where else?) "Vogue." House Beautiful is from "Pilgrim's Progress," where it is a proper name of a place
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Example sentences
Butterflied chicken marinated in lemon and herbs browns beautifully under the
  weight of bricks.
Most lavenders dry beautifully for bouquets and attract bees and butterflies.
Small sedums and succulents from sixpacks contrast beautifully in this textured
  terra-cotta bowl.
The restaurant is a can't-miss and the small spa beautifully redone.
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