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.
Recent Examples of beauty from the Web
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As both improviser and composer, Coleman conveyed a genius-level innocence, tinted by undeniable beauty and Southern dignity.
But the beauty ended with the winches, spades and slicers of a factory ship, in a slick of oil and blood.
Their flirtations fill the time between the incredible acts of skill, beauty and balance that Cirque is known for.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A NASA spacecraft circling Jupiter is revealing the up-close beauty of our solar system’s biggest planetary storm.
Douglas Brenner: Roughing it in style: Isn't that the soul of an Adirondacks camp? Anthony Baratta: This family compound is a classic, with all the charm and beauty of cabins on a lake in the woods.
But this over-sized water gun's true beauty lies within.
Just as striking as Del Dios Gorge’s beauty is its archaeological significance.
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BEAUTY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of beauty for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of beauty for Students
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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