beauty

noun
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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The beauty of your town can easily be overlooked if it's already woven its way into the fabric of your daily life, but those regional wares and local dishes are what dazzle visiting friends and family. Sara-mae Albert, ELLE Decor, "How to Be the Ultimate Weekend Host for Out-of-Town Guests," 15 May 2019 Here is a growing list of best Memorial Day deals and sales of 2019, including big discounts on appliances, beauty, home products, and more. Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Memorial Day 2019 Deals and Sales," 13 May 2019 As for her choices in beauty, her makeup artist has shared the drugstore products that Cardi swears by. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Cardi B Hinted at a Possible Beauty Line," 9 May 2019 The Met Gala is one of the few nights of the year when fashion, beauty, art, and culture converge to make a bona fide moment. Teen Vogue, "The Best Met Gala Beauty Looks of All Time," 3 May 2019 While the indignities of air travel are as immutable as the physics that keep you airborne, the designers of these new-breed airports have found ways to inject beauty, efficiency and even fun into your travels. Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, "New Airport Terminals Where Killing Time Has Its Perks," 30 Apr. 2019 Youtuber cutlerylover got their hands on one and was kind enough to demonstrate the beauty in all its glory: And here, for your pleasure, is a brief overview of the beautiful blade in all its various transformations: Cool, right? Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "This Transforming Russian Knife Is Bizarre and Brilliant," 22 Mar. 2019 For more stories like this, including celebrity news, beauty and fashion advice, savvy political commentary, and fascinating features, sign up for theMarie Claire newsletter. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Arya’s New Weapon on ‘Game of Thrones’ Is Going to Be a “Showstopper”," 15 Apr. 2019 Forget the Hamptons—these days, more and more New Yorkers are heading north for the summer and weekends, exploring the small towns and breathtaking natural beauty of New York's Hudson Valley. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Where to Stay in New York's Hudson Valley," 5 Apr. 2019

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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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beauty

noun

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

beauty

noun
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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