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

Synonym Discussion of LOVELY

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>.



: 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

LOVELIES Defined for Kids


adjective love·ly \ˈləv-lē\

Definition of LOVELY for Kids

:  very attractive or beautiful <You look lovely in that outfit.>
:  very pleasing <We had a lovely time.>
love·li·ness noun


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