Word of the Day

Wednesday, February 04, 2004


\PUL-kruh-tood; -tyood\ , noun;
That quality of appearance which pleases the eye; beauty; comeliness; grace; loveliness.
No stranger aftermath developed after the war, Thorek recalled, "than the sudden hope, surging through feminine -- and sometimes masculine -- hearts, that where nature had been niggardly in her gifts of pulchritude, the knife of the surgeon could remedy the lack."
-- Elizabeth Haiken, Venus Envy
While other symbols of postwar pulchritude have gone into seclusion, become anti-vivisectionists or begun hawking designer eyeglasses, Gina Lollobrigida continues to tend her image with a fully sequined sense of responsibility to the legend.
-- Mitchell Owens, "A Body of Work That's Not Just a Body", New York Times, January 11, 1995
Where Linda has her infectious charm, Polly has only her empty pulchritude.
-- Hannah Betts, "Sixty years on, and it's still a gel thing", Times (London), February 3, 2001
Pulchritude comes from Latin pulchritudo, from pulcher, "beautiful." The adjective form is pulchritudinous.
Get Word of the Day
Free Email Sign Up
Words of the Day
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
About PRIVACY POLICY Terms Careers Advertise with Us Contact Us Our Blog Suggest a Word Help