beau·​te·​ous ˈbyü-tē-əs How to pronounce beauteous (audio)
chiefly literary
: beautiful
beauteous mountains
a beauteous smile
… thou hast given me in this beauteous face / A world of earthly blessings to my soulWilliam Shakespeare
… high summer pours her blue glory and her golden light out of that beauteous sky …Charlotte Brontë
"My eyes swept over all before me. The spheres were plain as villages that dot a landscape. I saw most beauteous forms, yet like our own."Herman Melville
beauteously adverb
beauteousness noun

Examples of beauteous in a Sentence

the day ended with a beauteous sunset
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Word History


Middle English, from beaute beauty

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of beauteous was in the 15th century

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“Beauteous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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beau·​te·​ous ˈbyüt-ē-əs How to pronounce beauteous (audio)
beauteously adverb
beauteousness noun
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