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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Recent Examples on the Web

Opening Up to Experimentation — and Happiness Without a doubt, Young is more experimental with beauty than ever in this new stage of her career. Devon Abelman, Allure, "How Beauty Keeps Tiffany Young True to Her K-Pop Roots," 9 Nov. 2018 Many people don’t realize that the amazing beauty of nature extends to the microscopic world. Ernie Mastroianni, Discover Magazine, "Meet the Man Who Takes Pictures of Microbes," 18 Oct. 2018 The 20-inch Satin Graphite machine-faced wheels are a thing of beauty. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "We Drive the Hot Wheels Chevy Camaro SS," 12 Oct. 2018 Blame it on the beauty that brings wealthy tourists—and the lack of available land on which to build. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "This affordable housing complex is a model for pricey ski towns," 11 Oct. 2018 Take time to treat yourself to a Swedish massage, get your nails done, or try a new beauty product. Hannah Deely, Redbook, "5 Ways to Balance Your Life With the Swedish Concept of Lagom," 2 Oct. 2018 The early chapters trace a romance—not with Ántonia, but with the prairies’ long sweep and rolling swells, vast as the sea, radiant with beauty, open and free as Eastern cities were cluttered and crowded. Robert Garnett, WSJ, "Rooted in America’s Heartland," 14 Sep. 2018 What other beauty products shouldn't go down the drain?! Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "8 Things You Should Never Wash Down The Sink," 17 July 2018 Some of the pieces in the exhibit are very similar to those that appear in scientific papers— which can hold an unexpected bounty of beauty. Marissa Fessenden, Smithsonian, "Scientific Images Make Dazzling Art In a Duke University Exhibit," 12 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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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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