beauty

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noun beau·ty \ˈbyü-tē\

Definition of beauty

plural

beauties

  1. 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. 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. 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. 4 :  a brilliant, extreme, or egregious example or instance caught a couple of beauties on our last fishing trip that mistake was a beauty

  5. 5 :  bottom 9

Examples of beauty in a Sentence

  1. We explored the natural beauty of the island.

  2. I'm learning to appreciate the beauty of poetry.

  3. We explored the natural beauties of the island.

  4. She was one of the great beauties of her time.

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Origin and Etymology of 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



BEAUTY Defined for English Language Learners

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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

beauty

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noun beau·ty \ˈbyü-tē\

Definition of beauty for Students

plural

beauties

  1. 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. 2 :  a beautiful or excellent person or thing That car is a real beauty.



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