beau·ty | \ ˈbyü-tē \
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 idea of the 'French girl' as a beauty and style icon is inescapable. Leah Prinzivalli, Glamour, "10 Women Who Defy the 'French-Girl Beauty' Trope," 14 July 2018 Victoria's Secret, the flagship beauty and lingerie line for L Brands Inc., LB -1.95% simply isn’t resonating with shoppers. Micah Maidenberg, WSJ, "Investors Punish L Brands After Victoria Secret’s Weakness," 12 July 2018 This exhibition makes evident both the great beauty and the deep disturbance of those connections — East Africa was a nodal point on the international slave trade. New York Times, "23 Art Exhibitions to View in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 12 July 2018 As a woman of color, YouTube beauty and fashion blogger Jackie Aina knows it isn’t always easy to find makeup that works for her complexion. Kaitlyn Frey,, "The Best Makeup for Women Of Color, According to YouTube Beauty Guru Jackie Aina," 11 July 2018 On a course with five strong par 3s, this one stands out for its balance of beauty and difficulty. Brent Kennedy,, "Hunt Valley Country Club," 11 July 2018 The Steve Bass Memorial Account has been established to help preserve, protect, and maintain the natural beauty and open spaces of Palm Beach County., "Deaths in South Florida: 7/8," 8 July 2018 As a former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader, Tanea Brooks knows all too well the potent mix of beauty and football’s bone-crunching excitement. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, "Women’s wrestling now spotlights athleticism and skills over looks," 3 July 2018 Oakland has always had artists attempting to define the immense beauty and ridiculousness around them. Boots Riley, HWD, "Sorry to Bother You Director Boots Riley Takes a Ride Through Oakland’s Changing Landscape," 2 July 2018

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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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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 \
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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