beauty

noun
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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Because of its smaller size, the West Hartford Target will feature a smaller selection of goods, including electronics, health and beauty products, clothing and grocery items. Emily Brindley, courant.com, "Target store at Bishops Corner in West Hartford will open this summer," 14 June 2019 Lisa DeSantis, Health beauty editor, wrote about her experience with Emsculpt in the December 2018 issue. Samantha Lauriello, Health.com, "What Is Emsculpt, and Will It Really Give Me Tighter Abs and a Rounder Butt?," 13 June 2019 Haddon writes with wrenching beauty about how the world inflicts itself on the disadvantaged. Nicholas Mancusi, Time, "Mark Haddon's Porpoise Is an Epic Hero's Tale Buoyed by Its Heroines," 13 June 2019 Festivities continue throughout the day at Konkel Park, featuring live music, beauty pageants and food from local vendors. Jennifer Whidden, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here's everything you need to know for 4th of July in Milwaukee and the suburbs," 13 June 2019 The brow pomade is beloved by almost every beauty editor, Insta girl, and millennial on the planet, and has generated a truly cult-like following. Glamour, "We Tried Glossier's New Brow Flick Pen, and It's As Good As Microblading," 12 June 2019 DeJoria is the co-founder of John Paul Mitchell Systems, a company that has served the professional beauty industry with hair care products and styling tools for nearly 40 years, and of Patron Spirits Company. Chuck Fieldman, chicagotribune.com, "John Paul DeJoria paid $40 million for McDonald's campus property in Oak Brook," 12 June 2019 While people can debate whether planet-friendly proclamations by corporations are a substantive shift or window dressing, the fashion, health, and beauty sectors have been making their interest clear. Kim Bhasin, Fortune, "Chanel Invests in Boston Startup Making Sustainable Silk," 11 June 2019 That’s one upside of clean beauty’s loose definition: There are plenty of areas left to explore. Deanna Pai, Bon Appétit, "Why a Good, Clean Haircare Brand Is Hard to Find," 11 June 2019

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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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beauty

noun

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

beauty

noun
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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