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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Recent Examples on the Web If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, then consider a tantalizing new result beguiling the world’s particle physicists. Daniel Garisto, Scientific American, "Unexplained Results Intrigue Physicists at World’s Largest Particle Collider," 25 Mar. 2021 The beauty of this style, compared to a full dye job, is that color maintenance is basically cut in half. Michella Oré, Allure, "The Two-Toned Mullet Is Spring 2021's Coolest Hair Color Trend," 25 Mar. 2021 The beauty of fishing from a kayak is the plastic boat can take a beating. Field & Stream, "Best Kayak Motor to Fit the Way You Fish," 19 Mar. 2021 The beauty of a live event is that players could look at each other and say their piece. Sean Collins, Dallas News, "Twitter trash talk has taken place of on-stage banter. How Call of Duty pros take to social media to charge up fanbases," 18 Mar. 2021 To me, beauty is something that’s constantly changing, and the pandemic taught me to not care what others think of me. Nadia Ebrahim,, "How I Feel About My Face After A Year Of Virtual Living," 17 Mar. 2021 That sanctioned art was exclusive, and a lie, and that beauty was not only the domain of wealthy or elite. Globe Staff,, "Lorraine O’Grady outpaced the culture for years. In Brooklyn, it finally catches up," 17 Mar. 2021 The beauty of the show is the answer to that might vary from person to person. Andrew A. Smith Tribune News Service, Star Tribune, "Answering your questions about Marvel's 'WandaVision'," 15 Mar. 2021 The beauty of the show is that the answer to that might vary from person to person. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Questions and answers from the ‘WandaVision’ finale: Captain Comics," 13 Mar. 2021

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

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10 Apr 2021

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“Beauty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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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


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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