beautiful

adjective
beau·​ti·​ful | \ ˈbyü-ti-fəl How to pronounce beautiful (audio) \

Definition of beautiful

1 : having qualities of beauty : exciting aesthetic pleasure
2 : generally pleasing : excellent

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Other Words from beautiful

beautifulness \ ˈbyü-​ti-​fəl-​nəs How to pronounce beautifulness (audio) \ noun

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beautiful, lovely, handsome, pretty, comely, fair mean exciting sensuous or aesthetic pleasure. beautiful applies to whatever excites the keenest of pleasure to the senses and stirs emotion through the senses. beautiful mountain scenery lovely is close to beautiful but applies to a narrower range of emotional excitation in suggesting the graceful, delicate, or exquisite. a lovely melody handsome suggests aesthetic pleasure due to proportion, symmetry, or elegance. a handsome Georgian mansion pretty often applies to superficial or insubstantial attractiveness. a painter of conventionally pretty scenes comely is like handsome in suggesting what is coolly approved rather than emotionally responded to. the comely grace of a dancer fair suggests beauty because of purity, flawlessness, or freshness. fair of face

Can beautiful be used to describe a man?

Our evidence shows that when beautiful is used to describe physical beauty, it is overwhelming used of women or a physical aspect of a woman (such as her hair or skin). This hasn't always been the case: when beautiful first came into English it was used as easily of men as it was of women. Nowadays, handsome is the adjective of appreciation most commonly used of men.

The plural noun phrase beautiful people doesn't refer to the overall looks of the people mentioned, but rather the elegance and sumptuousness of their lives.

Examples of beautiful in a Sentence

Located on one of the most beautiful and untouched coastlines in America, this recreational area has much to offer. You can hike on rocky headlands that rise dramatically from the Pacific Ocean, ride horses or bikes along scenic trails, walk along the many beaches, kayak on pristine Tomales Bay, or spy the abundance of native flowers and wildlife, including elephant seals and tule elk. — Tim Fish, Wine Spectator, 15 Nov. 2008 In her biography of Monroe, Churchwell takes to task the relentless mythomania of her admirers and critics, who are equally invested in nurturing the legend of a hapless beautiful woman consumed by her desire for celebrity and love. — Lakshmi Chaudhry, Nation, 27 Aug.-3 Sept. 2007 In the hothouse of today's celebrity monoculture, the result has been the perfection of the kind of profile in which athletes and actors struggle to overcome … absence or presence in their lives of money, fame, sex and drugs. Especially so in the upscale slicks, where these stories of the rich and beautiful emerge so flat and lifeless that no one in them casts a shadow. — Jeff MacGregor, New York Times Book Review, 21 Aug. 2005 You have the most beautiful smile. The film tells a beautiful story about two young lovers. Our hotel room had a beautiful view of the ocean. The sunsets here are absolutely beautiful. What a beautiful day for a picnic! This is a beautiful example of early American poetry.
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Recent Examples on the Web Though her offerings have since expanded, including silky blazer and shorts sets and an animal printed dress, her beautiful and minimalist aesthetic is still the through-line of the brand to do this day. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "What I Wear to Work: Katie Kolodinski, Creative Director and Founder of Silk Laundry," 23 Mar. 2020 Thank you to the beautiful country of Cambodia for accepting the @CarnivalCruise ship Westerdam into your port. Bloomberg.com, "Cruise Ship Shunned By Virus Fears Finally Docks in Cambodia," 19 Mar. 2020 Aaron Benson’s scenic design is a beautiful and chaotic vision of decay: two towering tenements whose brick walls are stripped down to their wooden lath, with battered plaster that doubles as projection surfaces peeking between the bricks. cleveland, "‘Marisol’ at Cleveland Public Theatre is a poetic visit to a parallel universe," 11 Mar. 2020 Who knows — but a feng shui garden design is certainly beautiful enough to bring harmony to your landscape. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, "Feng Shui Brings Harmony to a Colorado Garden," 3 Mar. 2020 Arugula flowers, for instance, are beautiful and as tasty as the leaves. Los Angeles Times, "What is an annual? What is a perennial? And why does it matter?," 28 Feb. 2020 And so protecting ourselves from the sun will keep us beautiful and protected also. Jessica Cruel, Allure, "The Allure Podcast: A Dermatologist Dispels the "Black Don't Crack" Myth," 24 Feb. 2020 My amazing wife @kathleenkimbal gave birth yesterday to a beautiful healthy baby boy, Gordon! Nathan Brown, Indianapolis Star, "Fatherhood, fishing and making $1 million: What IndyCar drivers are doing without St. Pete," 15 Mar. 2020 At £35 million, the program is economically efficient in addition to promising beautiful and functional spaces for the next few generations. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things," 14 Mar. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'beautiful.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of beautiful

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for beautiful

Middle English bewteful, beautefull, from beaute beauty + -ful, -full -ful entry 1

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The first known use of beautiful was in the 15th century

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2 Apr 2020

Cite this Entry

“Beautiful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/beautiful. Accessed 8 Apr. 2020.

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More Definitions for beautiful

beautiful

adjective
How to pronounce beautiful (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of beautiful

: very attractive in a physical way
: giving pleasure to the mind or the senses
: very good or pleasing : not having any bad qualities

beautiful

adjective
beau·​ti·​ful | \ ˈbyü-ti-fəl How to pronounce beautiful (audio) \

Kids Definition of beautiful

1 : having qualities of beauty : giving pleasure to the mind or senses a beautiful child a beautiful song
2 : very good : excellent beautiful weather

Other Words from beautiful

beautifully adverb

Choose the Right Synonym for beautiful

beautiful, pretty, and handsome mean pleasing or delightful in some way. beautiful is used of whatever is most pleasing to the senses or the mind. We saw a beautiful sunset. It was a beautiful story about faith. pretty is usually used of something that is small or dainty. She held a pretty little doll. handsome is used of something that is well formed and therefore pleasing to look at. The mayor sat at a handsome desk.

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