adjective aes·thet·ic \es-ˈthe-tik, is-, British usually ēs-\\-ti-kəl\

: of or relating to art or beauty

Full Definition of AESTHETIC

a :  of, relating to, or dealing with aesthetics or the beautiful <aesthetic theories>
b :  artistic <a work of aesthetic value>
c :  pleasing in appearance :  attractive <easy-to-use keyboards, clear graphics, and other ergonomic and aesthetic features — Mark Mehler>
:  appreciative of, responsive to, or zealous about the beautiful; also :  responsive to or appreciative of what is pleasurable to the senses
aes·thet·i·cal·ly also es·thet·i·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Variants of AESTHETIC

aes·thet·ic also es·thet·ic \es-ˈthe-tik, is-, British usually ēs-\ or aes·thet·i·cal or es·thet·i·cal \-ti-kəl\

Examples of AESTHETIC

  1. There are practical as well as aesthetic reasons for planting trees.
  2. making aesthetic improvements to the building
  3. My generation has an annoying penchant for treating luxuries as necessities and turning guilty pleasures into aesthetic and even moral touchstones. —Terrence Rafferty, GQ, October 1997


German ästhetisch, from New Latin aestheticus, from Greek aisthētikos of sense perception, from aisthanesthai to perceive — more at audible
First Known Use: 1798

Related to AESTHETIC

beautiful (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

Other Fine Arts Terms

Gothic, baroque, bas-relief, limn, oeuvre, pastiche, rococo, sfumato


noun aes·thet·ic \es-ˈthe-tik, is-, British usually ēs-\

: a set of ideas or opinions about beauty or art

aesthetics : the study of beauty especially in art and literature

: the artistic or beautiful qualities of something

Full Definition of AESTHETIC

plural but sing or plural in constr :  a branch of philosophy dealing with the nature of beauty, art, and taste and with the creation and appreciation of beauty
:  a particular theory or conception of beauty or art :  a particular taste for or approach to what is pleasing to the senses and especially sight <modernist aesthetics> <staging new ballets which reflected the aesthetic of the new nation — Mary Clarke & Clement Crisp>
plural :  a pleasing appearance or effect :  beauty <appreciated the aesthetics of the gemstones>

Variants of AESTHETIC

aes·thet·ic also es·thet·ic \es-ˈthe-tik, is-, British usually ēs-\

Examples of AESTHETIC

  1. Aesthetics is an important part of Greek philosophy.
  2. the aesthetics of the gemstones


(see 1aesthetic)
First Known Use: 1822

Other Fine Arts Terms

Gothic, baroque, bas-relief, limn, oeuvre, pastiche, rococo, sfumato
ESTHETICS Defined for Kids


adjective aes·thet·ic \es-ˈthe-tik\

Definition of AESTHETIC for Kids

:  relating to beauty and what is beautiful <They made aesthetic improvements to the building.>
aes·thet·i·cal·ly \-i-kə-lē\ adverb <The garden has an aesthetically pleasing design.>


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