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adjective beau·ti·ful \ˈbyü-ti-fəl\

Definition of BEAUTIFUL

:  having qualities of beauty :  exciting aesthetic pleasure
:  generally pleasing :  excellent
beau·ti·ful·ly \-f(ə-)lē\ adverb
beau·ti·ful·ness \-fəl-nəs\ noun

Examples of BEAUTIFUL

  1. You have the most beautiful smile.
  2. The film tells a beautiful story about two young lovers.
  3. Our hotel room had a beautiful view of the ocean.
  4. The sunsets here are absolutely beautiful.
  5. What a beautiful day for a picnic!
  6. This is a beautiful example of early American poetry.
  7. Located on one of the most beautiful and untouched coastlines in America, this recreational area has much to offer. You can hike on rocky headlands that rise dramatically from the Pacific Ocean, ride horses or bikes along scenic trails, walk along the many beaches, kayak on pristine Tomales Bay, or spy the abundance of native flowers and wildlife, including elephant seals and tule elk. —Tim Fish, Wine Spectator, 15 Nov. 2008


(see beauty)
First Known Use: 15th century

Related to BEAUTIFUL

aesthetic (also esthetic or aesthetical or esthetical), attractive, beauteous, bonny (also bonnie) [chiefly British], comely, cute, drop-dead, fair, fetching, good, good-looking, goodly, gorgeous, handsome, knockout, likely, lovely, lovesome, pretty, ravishing, seemly, sightly, stunning, taking, well-favored
grotesque, hideous, homely, ill-favored, plain, ugly, unaesthetic, unattractive, unbeautiful, uncomely, uncute, unhandsome, unlovely, unpleasing, unpretty, unsightly

Synonym Discussion of BEAUTIFUL

beautiful, lovely, handsome, pretty, comely, fair mean exciting sensuous or aesthetic pleasure. beautiful applies to whatever excites the keenest of pleasure to the senses and stirs emotion through the senses <beautiful mountain scenery>. lovely is close to beautiful but applies to a narrower range of emotional excitation in suggesting the graceful, delicate, or exquisite <a lovely melody>. handsome suggests aesthetic pleasure due to proportion, symmetry, or elegance <a handsome Georgian mansion>. pretty often applies to superficial or insubstantial attractiveness <a painter of conventionally pretty scenes>. comely is like handsome in suggesting what is coolly approved rather than emotionally responded to <the comely grace of a dancer>. fair suggests beauty because of purity, flawlessness, or freshness <fair of face>.
BEAUTIFUL Defined for Kids


adjective beau·ti·ful \ˈbyü-ti-fəl\

Definition of BEAUTIFUL for Kids

:  having qualities of beauty :  giving pleasure to the mind or senses <a beautiful child> <a beautiful song>
:  very good :  excellent <beautiful weather>
beau·ti·ful·ly adverb

Synonym Discussion of BEAUTIFUL

beautiful, pretty, and handsome mean pleasing or delightful in some way. beautiful is used of whatever is most pleasing to the senses or the mind. <We saw a beautiful sunset.> <It was a beautiful story about faith.> pretty is usually used of something that is small or dainty. <She held a pretty little doll.> handsome is used of something that is well formed and therefore pleasing to look at. <The mayor sat at a handsome desk.>


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