beau·​te·​ous | \ ˈbyü-tē-əs How to pronounce beauteous (audio) \

Definition of beauteous

chiefly literary
: beautiful beauteous mountains a beauteous smile … thou hast given me in this beauteous face / A world of earthly blessings to my soul— William 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

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Other Words from beauteous

beauteously adverb
beauteousness noun

Examples of beauteous in a Sentence

a beauteous woman in a ball gown
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First Known Use of beauteous

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for beauteous

Middle English, from beaute beauty

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“Beauteous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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