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 National Garden should be located on a site of natural beauty that enables visitors to enjoy nature, walk among the statues, and be inspired to learn about great figures of America's history. Daniel Chaitin, Washington Examiner, "Trump to establish National Garden of American Heroes," 3 July 2020 Despite all this, small moments of beauty sustained me. Christina Hadly, Condé Nast Traveler, "Meeting Strangers Has Always Been My Favorite Part of Traveling," 25 June 2020 This stylish set features a contemporary clean-lined frame crafted of eucalyptus wood for a look of beachy beauty. Mark Heim |, al, "Outdoor furniture sale offers up to 50 percent off deals on sectionals, patio umbrellas, lighting," 24 June 2020 Though both of these systems have been abolished, their influence still lingers in India, like in the modern standard of beauty, which still emphasizes fairness. NBC News, "How protests led to a critique of Bollywood's colorism and a reckoning for South Asians," 23 June 2020 Awash with vistas of beauty, the novel follows the deep pull of the characters toward harmony, justice, and home. Monitor Reviewers, The Christian Science Monitor, "The 10 best books of June bring hope and insight," 22 June 2020 For example, products like fish swim bladder – also known as aquatic cocaine – and cosmetics containing shark liver oil appeal to perceptions of female beauty, targeting aging women with false promises of eternal youth. Candace Famiglietti, The Conversation, "Python skin jackets and elephant leather boots: How wealthy Western nations help drive the global wildlife trade," 19 June 2020 The second form of mathematical beauty is more relatable. Quanta Magazine, "The Two Forms of Mathematical Beauty," 16 June 2020 Set above Lake Wanaka, is a very special place overlooking 55,000 hectares of majestic beauty, and some of the most dramatic natural alpine scenery in New Zealand. Alexandra Stewart, Travel + Leisure, "Alexandra Stewart's Top 9 New Zealand Wellness Escapes," 14 June 2020

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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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The first known use of beauty was in the 14th century

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14 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Beauty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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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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