beau·​ty | \ ˈbyü-tē How to pronounce beauty (audio) \
plural beauties

Definition of beauty

1 : the quality or aggregate of qualities in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit : loveliness a woman of great physical beauty exploring the natural beauty of the island A thing of beauty is a joy forever …— John Keats
2 : a beautiful person or thing His new car's a real beauty. especially : a beautiful woman She was a great beauty in her day.
3 : a particularly graceful, ornamental, or excellent quality Well, at any rate, he had two great beauties—the pale flat white of his skin and his great shaggy mass of dark hair.— Dorothy C. Fisher
4 : a brilliant, extreme, or egregious example or instance caught a couple of beauties on our last fishing trip that mistake was a beauty

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Examples of beauty in a Sentence

We explored the natural beauty of the island. I'm learning to appreciate the beauty of poetry. We explored the natural beauties of the island. She was one of the great beauties of her time.
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Recent Examples on the Web The beauty mogul confirmed her big baby news this week with a sweet video shared to Instagram that featured her announcing her pregnancy to her partner, Travis Scott, as well as to her mother, Kris Jenner. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, 10 Sep. 2021 Wistfully, families, sweethearts and solitary visitors paid lingering visits to the beauty spots of Balboa park where the Exposition’s lighting effects were most exquisite. Merrie Monteagudo, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Sep. 2021 Interspersed between the restaurants and food stalls are beauty salons, bakeries, gift shops and smaller stores selling medicinals and Asian jerky. Andi Berlin, The Arizona Republic, 9 Sep. 2021 The influencer will release her debut children's book Beautifully Me on Sept. 14, a story that follows Zubi, a joyful Bangladeshi-American girl on her own self-love journey after seeing the many ways society restricts beauty standards. Benjamin Vanhoose,, 7 Sep. 2021 If part of loving one's natural kinks is about rejecting Eurocentric beauty standards, why not let your crown be gorgeously cloud-like, from root to tip? Jihan Forbe, Allure, 2 Sep. 2021 Subjects of Desire is a thought-provoking feature documentary that examines the cultural shift in beauty standards towards embracing Black aesthetics and features. Angelique Jackson, Variety, 26 Aug. 2021 The imposition of white beauty standards on Black bodies? Los Angeles Times, 18 Aug. 2021 Criticisms of Angie's appearance reflect ongoing debates over beauty standards in China. Amanda Florian, CNN, 18 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of beauty

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for beauty

Middle English beaute, bealte, borrowed from Anglo-French, from bel, beau "beautiful, good-looking" (going back to Latin bellus) + -te -ty — more at beau

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13 Sep 2021

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“Beauty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of beauty

: the quality of being physically attractive
: the qualities in a person or a thing that give pleasure to the senses or the mind
: a beautiful woman


beau·​ty | \ ˈbyü-tē How to pronounce beauty (audio) \
plural beauties

Kids Definition of beauty

1 : the qualities of a person or a thing that give pleasure to the senses or to the mind the beauty of the landscape a person of great beauty
2 : a beautiful or excellent person or thing That car is a real beauty.

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