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 moves follow the decision by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the European luxury giant, and L’Oreal and Coty, the beauty conglomerates, to use their facilities to produce large quantities of hand sanitizer for European hospitals. New York Times, "Christian Siriano and Dov Charney Are Making Masks and Medical Supplies Now," 21 Mar. 2020 Among those are fashion and beauty giants like LVMH and L’Oréal, who will both be producing hand sanitizers in response to the shortage of medical equipment around the world. Sara Li, Teen Vogue, "The Fashion and Beauty Brands Trying to Fight Coronavirus," 19 Mar. 2020 Kohl's Kohl's, a seller of apparel, footwear, beauty and home products, is temporarily closing all of its stores across the U.S. as of Thursday, March 19. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, "What stores are closing due to the coronavirus," 19 Mar. 2020 Hair salons, tattoo parlors to close All barber shops, nail salons, beauty salons and tattoo parlors were ordered to close Wednesday. Jessie Balmert,, "Coronavirus in Ohio: DeWine: Ohio BMVs to close. Health director: 'Do not be afraid if you can't get a test'," 18 Mar. 2020 As a way to give Nordy customers something to entice, the retailer is hosting an unprecedented, off-promotional season near-site wide, 25% sale on all things fashion, home, beauty, and more. Karina Hoshikawa,, "Almost Everything On Nordstrom Is Currently 25% Off — But Not For Long," 18 Mar. 2020 Gearheads with meat slicers (like this beauty from Chefschoice) will have no problem churning out paper-thin ribbons, but for those of us doing the job by hand, Leahy et al. Popular Science, "Basturma, baby! Make your own Armenian charcuterie.," 17 Mar. 2020 The lesson, which also applies to this book, is that there’s beauty and value in imperfection, too. Heller Mcalpin, Washington Post, "An acclaimed author’s crippling quest for perfection," 13 Mar. 2020 An essential part of any beauty routine is taking proper care of your tools, which raises the question: How best to clean your as reaches an all-time high? Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes Like a Pro," 13 Mar. 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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24 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Beauty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Mar. 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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