noun, plural beauties.
the quality present in a thing or person that gives intense pleasure or deep satisfaction to the mind, whether arising from sensory manifestations (as shape, color, sound, etc.), a meaningful design or pattern, or something else (as a personality in which high spiritual qualities are manifest).
a beautiful person, especially a woman.
a beautiful thing, as a work of art or a building.
Often, beauties. something that is beautiful in nature or in some natural or artificial environment.
an individually pleasing or beautiful quality; grace; charm: a vivid blue area that is the one real beauty of the painting.
Informal. a particular advantage: One of the beauties of this medicine is the freedom from aftereffects.
(usually used ironically) something extraordinary: My sunburn was a real beauty.
something excellent of its kind: My old car was a beauty.

1225–75; Middle English be(a)ute < Old French beaute; replacing Middle English bealte < Old French beltet < Vulgar Latin *bellitāt- (stem of *bellitās), equivalent to Latin bell(us) fine + -itāt- -ity

nonbeauty, noun, plural nonbeauties.

1. loveliness, pulchritude, comeliness, fairness, attractiveness. 2. belle.

1. ugliness. Unabridged
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beauty (ˈbjuːtɪ)
n , pl -ties
1.  the combination of all the qualities of a person or thing that delight the senses and please the mind
2.  a very attractive and well-formed girl or woman
3.  informal an outstanding example of its kind: the horse is a beauty
4.  informal an advantageous feature: one beauty of the job is the short hours
5.  informal, old-fashioned a light-hearted and affectionate term of address: hello, my old beauty!
6.  Also (Scot, Austral, and NZ): you beauty an expression of approval or agreement
[C13: from Old French biauté, from biau beautiful; see beau]

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Word Origin & History

late 13c., from Anglo-Norm. beute, O.Fr. biauté (12c., "beauty, seductiveness, beautiful person," Mod.Fr. beauté), earlier beltet, from V.L. bellitatem (nom. bellitas) "state of being handsome," from L. bellus "pretty, handsome, charming," in classical L. used especially of women and children,
or ironically or insultingly of men, perhaps from PIE *dw-eye- and related to bonus "good," bene "well." Famously defined by Stendhal as la promesse de bonheur "the promise of happiness." Replaced O.E. wlite. Concrete meaning "a beautiful woman" is first recorded late 15c. Beauty sleep "sleep before midnight" is attested by 1850.
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Idioms & Phrases


In addition to the idiom beginning with beauty, also see that's the beauty of.

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Example sentences
For a lot of physicists, the beauty of an equation seems to be a good hint that
  it's probably true.
Beauty must be a good in its own right, even a metaphysical principle.
Africa, with its diversity and beauty, is a paradise for photographers.
Her beauty was so remarkable that it sometimes seemed to overshadow her
  considerable acting talent.
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