adjective love·ly \ˈləv-lē\

: attractive or beautiful especially in a graceful way

: very good or likable

: very pleasing


Full Definition of LOVELY

obsolete :  lovable
:  delightful for beauty, harmony, or grace :  attractive
:  grand, swell <what a lovely morning>
:  eliciting love by moral or ideal worth
love·li·ly \ˈləv-lə-lē\ adverb
love·li·ness \ˈləv-lē-nəs\ noun
lovely adverb

Examples of LOVELY

  1. She was wearing a lovely dress.
  2. a lovely bouquet of flowers
  3. The song has a lovely melody.
  4. The hotel has a lovely view.
  5. We enjoyed a lovely dinner.
  6. a singer with a lovely voice
  7. Their children have lovely manners.
  8. How lovely of you to come!
  9. It was lovely to have you here!

First Known Use of LOVELY

before 12th century

Related to LOVELY

A-OK, A1, awesome, bang-up, banner, beautiful, blue-chip, blue-ribbon, boffo, bonny (also bonnie) [chiefly British], boss [slang], brag, brave, bully, bumper, capital, choice, classic, cool [slang], corking, crackerjack, cracking, dandy, divine, dope [slang], down [slang], dynamite, fab, fabulous, famous, fantabulous [slang], fantastic, fine, first-class, first-rate, first-string, five-star, four-star, frontline, gangbusters (also gangbuster), gilt-edged (or gilt-edge), gone [slang], grand, great, groovy, heavenly, high-class, hot, hype [slang], immense, jim-dandy, keen, excellent, marvelous (or marvellous), mean, neat, nifty, noble, number one (also No. 1), numero uno, out-of-sight [slang], par excellence, peachy, peachy keen, phat [slang], prime, primo [slang], prize, prizewinning, quality, radical [slang], righteous [slang], sensational, slick, splendid, stellar, sterling, superb, superior, superlative, supernal, swell, terrific, tip-top, top, top-flight, top-notch, top-of-the-line, topping [chiefly British], top-shelf, unsurpassed, wizard [chiefly British], wonderful
atrocious, awful, execrable, lousy, pathetic, poor, rotten, terrible, vile, wretched
See Synonym Discussion at beautiful



: a beautiful woman : a lovely woman

plural lovelies

Full Definition of LOVELY

:  a beautiful woman
:  a lovely object

Examples of LOVELY

  1. A chorus line of young lovelies danced on the stage.

First Known Use of LOVELY



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