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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For more stories like this, including celebrity news, beauty and fashion advice, savvy political commentary, and fascinating features, sign up for theMarie Claire newsletter. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Arya’s New Weapon on ‘Game of Thrones’ Is Going to Be a “Showstopper”," 15 Apr. 2019 Forget the Hamptons—these days, more and more New Yorkers are heading north for the summer and weekends, exploring the small towns and breathtaking natural beauty of New York's Hudson Valley. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Where to Stay in New York's Hudson Valley," 5 Apr. 2019 Eliza Scidmore, the first female writer and photographer for National Geographic, visited Japan for the first time in 1885, and fell in love with the beauty of cherry blossoms trees. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "How Cherry Blossoms Became the Most Celebrated Event of the Spring," 2 Apr. 2019 As much as the exterior is functional, the restaurant’s interior is a beauty to behold. Samantha Swenson, ELLE Decor, "Snøhetta Debuts Europe's First Underwater Restaurant," 28 Mar. 2019 For more royals and can't-miss fashion and beauty news, sign up for the Harper's BAZAAR Newsletter. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Amal Clooney Stuns in a Bright Red Jumpsuit at Meghan Markle's Baby Shower," 20 Feb. 2019 Paris for just walking around and admiring the beauty. Alexandra Ilyashov, WSJ, "Fashion Week Set Design: Three Top Designers Reveal Their Inspiration," 14 Feb. 2019 Harsh, dramatic, untamed, this is the beauty of space, of sheer scale, as the eye stretches into limitless distances. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "Going Off-Grid in Namibia," 21 Dec. 2018 Leggy, blonde, with deep bangs, blue eyes, and an oval face, Boyd, who was a model and later a photographer, embodied one of the era’s beauty ideals. Vogue, "1960s It Girl Pattie Boyd Talks Mary Quant," 5 Apr. 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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