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[gawr-juh s] /ˈgɔr dʒəs/
splendid or sumptuous in appearance, coloring, etc.; magnificent:
a gorgeous gown; a gorgeous sunset.
Informal. extremely good, enjoyable, or pleasant:
I had a gorgeous time.
Origin of gorgeous
1490-1500; earlier gorgeouse < Old French gorgias fashionable, elegant (< ?); see -ous
Related forms
gorgeously, adverb
gorgeousness, noun
1. rich, superb, grand; brilliant, resplendent, glittering, dazzling. See magnificent.
1. poor, plain. Unabridged
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  • He finds a magnificent palace, where he is splendidly guested by unseen hands, and at last conducted to a gorgeous bedchamber.

  • She only replied by bending her knee upon the gorgeous cushion before her.

    Theresa Marchmont Mrs Charles Gore
  • The gorgeous magnificence of the Spanish nobles found but little favor in the eyes of the sovereigns.

  • Staged this season with magnificent cast and gorgeous properties.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • Here the gorgeous hybiscus spread out its glowing bosomthere the blushing frangipanne loaded the air with its rich fragrance.

British Dictionary definitions for gorgeous


strikingly beautiful or magnificent: gorgeous array, a gorgeous girl
(informal) extremely pleasing, fine, or good: gorgeous weather
Derived Forms
gorgeously, adverb
gorgeousness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French gorgias elegant, from gorgias wimple, from gorge; see gorge
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Word Origin and History for gorgeous

late 15c., "splendid, showy" (of clothing), from Middle French gorgias "elegant, fashionable," of unknown origin; perhaps literally "necklace" (and thus "fond of jewelry"), from Old French gorge "bosom, throat," also "something adorning the throat." A connection to the Greek proper name Gorgias (supposedly in reference to a notorious sophist) also has been proposed. Related: Gorgeousness.

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