: 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
: a beautiful person or thing
: a beautiful woman
- His new car's a real beauty.
- She was a great beauty in her day.
: 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
: a brilliant, extreme, or egregious example or instance
- caught a couple of beauties on our last fishing trip
- that mistake was a beauty