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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Recent Examples on the Web

While Target has put great effort into expanding its beauty display, the fashion has always maintained a sleek and simple aurora. Nandi Howard, Essence, "ESSENCE Fashion House: Anthony Hamilton and Caroline Wagna Talk Target Revolutionizing Accessible Design," 6 Sep. 2019 Rather, his main focus since joining YouTube last June as head of fashion and beauty partnerships has been convincing other brands, designers, and models of the need to become creators. Katherine Rosman, BostonGlobe.com, "YouTube tries to get fashionable," 6 Sep. 2019 Other contributors serve beauty by alchemizing trash. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: ‘Habitats’ at Target Gallery showcases the nature of creativity," 6 Sep. 2019 Attuned to the gravitas of the piece, Diego Romero’s sultry black-and-white cinematography lends pensive beauty to this vehement dissection of deeply rooted oppression. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘What You Gonna Do When the World’s on Fire?’ relays African American anger," 5 Sep. 2019 Bella Cacciatore is the beauty associate at Glamour. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "Summer Fridays' New Vitamin C Serum Is Like Glass Skin in a Bottle," 4 Sep. 2019 Riley Rose is a spin-off of the F21 brand focused on beauty and cosmetics, and is owned by Chang’s daughters Esther and Linda. Rosy Cordero, EW.com, "Ariana Grande sues Forever 21 for $10 million claiming they 'stole her likeness'," 3 Sep. 2019 But efficiency is a kind of symmetry, and in this grind some observers have found a beauty and truth. Richard Cooke, The New Republic, "The conservative commentariat’s love affair with nootropics," 3 Sep. 2019 Camp: Notes on Fashion is the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s show on the Camp aesthetic’s contributions — and challenges — to beauty and taste. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Time for a Riot: Camp Fashion at the Met, and a Real Riot at the Stonewall," 31 Aug. 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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