beauty

noun
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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In 2012, Taro Nakai, a weather researcher, captured the icy beauty of this phenomenon in a time lapse. Brian Resnick, Vox, "The winter solstice is incredibly beautiful in America’s northernmost city," 20 Dec. 2018 Visiting national or state parks is an economical way to take in the natural beauty of the country. Adam Schubak, Country Living, "The Best Tips For Affordable Trips and Travel on Any Budget," 19 Dec. 2018 Designed by O2 Treehouse, a company known for their architecturally unique structures, the Pinecone was built to immerse its occupants in the beauty of the natural world. Megan Barber, Curbed, "You can buy this tiny treehouse shaped like a pinecone," 11 Dec. 2018 Light sculptures inspired by the beauty of nature fill Garden d’Lights at Bellevue Botanical Garden daily through Dec. 30, including holidays. Madeline Mckenzie, The Seattle Times, "All is bright on the Eastside with Garden d’Lights in Bellevue, Redmond Lights and more," 28 Nov. 2018 The Details In an interview with Cosmopolitan UK, Mitchell discussed her current beauty routine that’s full of Buxom products (which makes sense, considering she was just announced as the newest Buxom spokesperson). Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "Shay Mitchell Loves Tarte Shape Tape Concealer Because It's Freaking Excellent," 4 Oct. 2018 Of course, that extends to beauty routines, too, as a new wave of clever high-tech facial tools transforms our skin—no trip to the dermatologist’s office required. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "9 High-Tech Facial Tools to Up Your Beauty Game This Season," 15 Sep. 2018 In the YouTube beauty community, vloggers like Laura Lee and Gabriel Zamora were skewered online for old racist tweets. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "The year of deleted tweets," 27 Dec. 2018 Every three months or so, my family members ask me for beauty product recommendations. SELF, "These Are the 15 Best-Selling Beauty Products from CVS in 2018," 25 Dec. 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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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 \
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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