beau·​ty ˈbyü-tē How to pronounce beauty (audio)
plural beauties
: the quality or group of qualities in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses or the mind : loveliness
exploring the natural beauty of the island
A thing of beauty is a joy forever …John Keats
Buddhism has taught me that inner beauty, the beauty that comes from loving and accepting yourself, imperfections and all, radiates to the outside.Tina Turner, quoted at
often, specifically : the quality of being physically attractive
… she relies on a minimalist makeup routine to enhance her natural beauty. Kiana Murden
… knows how to move, which is surprising given his muscled bulk, and is at ease with his beauty. Manohla Dargis
often used before another noun
beauty products
the beauty industry
my morning beauty routine
Our culture's beauty standards and stereotypes are not going to disappear overnight, but we have made some progress. Allie Bloom
: a person (especially a woman) who is beautiful
The brunette beauty added a pair of … sky-high platform heels … to complete her camera-ready look.Isabelle Casey
: something that is beautiful or excellent
That's a beauty of a car.
went fishing and caught a couple of beauties
Our favorite apple tree … is a real beauty. Standing over 20 feet tall, it produces buckets and buckets of apples.Steve McBride
often used ironically
That mistake was a beauty!
: an excellent or appealing quality
"… If you hate it—just paint over it. That's the beauty of working with paint."Annie Sloan, quoted at (London)
One of the beauties of cast iron cookware is that it can be used almost anywhere.Lily Alig
physics : bottom sense 9

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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Word History


Middle English beaute, bealte, borrowed from Anglo-French, from bel, beau "beautiful, good-looking" (going back to Latin bellus) + -te -ty — more at beau

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of beauty was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Beauty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


beau·​ty ˈbyüt-ē How to pronounce beauty (audio)
plural beauties
: the qualities of a person or a thing that give pleasure to the senses
: a lovely person or thing
especially : a lovely woman
: an outstanding example
that's a beauty of a black eye

Middle English beaute "beauty," derived from early French bel "beautiful," from Latin bellus "pretty" — related to beau, belle

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