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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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  • The curtain rose and displayed a beautiful theatre in miniature, and most gorgeously painted.

    Three Years in Europe William Wells Brown
  • It was so simple, so complete, and so wonderfully, gorgeously Egbertian.

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  • Three elephants walked abreast, most gorgeously apparelled, and moved with a dignity most surprising.

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  • The saloon, which is gorgeously decorated, is 100 yards long.

  • The Ames trio and some of the more distinguished guests were already occupying the gorgeously decorated boxes at the sides.

    Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking
  • The streets were gorgeously decorated and a holiday had been declared.

British Dictionary definitions for gorgeously


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 gorgeously

1530s, from gorgeous + -ly (2).



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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