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[luhv-lee] /ˈlʌv li/
adjective, lovelier, loveliest.
charmingly or exquisitely beautiful:
a lovely flower.
having a beauty that appeals to the heart or mind as well as to the eye, as a person or a face.
delightful; highly pleasing:
to have a lovely time.
of a great moral or spiritual beauty:
a lovely character.
noun, plural lovelies.
Informal. a beautiful woman, especially a show girl.
any person or thing that is pleasing, highly satisfying, or the like:
Every car in the new line is a lovely.
Nonstandard. very well; splendidly.
Origin of lovely
before 900; Middle English luvelich, Old English luflīc amiable. See love, -ly
Related forms
lovelily, adverb
loveliness, noun
1, 2. See beautiful. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for lovely
  • The city has beautiful parks, lovely museums and restaurants, and a thriving business and civic community.
  • Happy times, and pleasant to think back to an amazing time spent with friends in a beautiful land with lovely people.
  • The beautiful and versatile camera crane, almost as lovely as it's avian counterpart.
  • All the birds were beautiful, but this one was particularly lovely.
  • It is also beautiful, and makes a lovely piece of jewelry in its own right.
  • It was an absolutely lovely place, set up high, with a beautiful view.
  • It was lovely and graceful, tangy and deliciously fresh despite the years, and the flavors persisted in the mouth.
  • Reading one of these essays, and then reading the comments, has become a lovely new way of relaxing.
  • But the emerald hillsides appear lovely even without the walk and outstanding picnic spots abound.
  • What a lovely piece on the wonders of eye and vision.
British Dictionary definitions for lovely


adjective -lier, -liest
very attractive or beautiful
highly pleasing or enjoyable: a lovely time
loving and attentive
inspiring love; lovable
noun (pl) -lies
(slang) a lovely woman
Derived Forms
loveliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for lovely

Old English luflic "affectionate, loveable;" see love (n.) + -ly (1). The modern sense of "lovable on account of beauty, attractive" is from c.1300, "applied indiscriminately to all pleasing material objects, from a piece of plum-cake to a Gothic cathedral" [George P. Marsh, "The Origin and History of the English Language," 1862].

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for lovely



An attractive woman: where flabby lovelies in polka-dot bikinis lobbed beachballs around (1940s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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