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 But this is the beauty of life; one soul leaves us and a new one comes in. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Gigi Hadid Just Confirmed That She's Pregnant," 30 Apr. 2020 Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden: Bring all the natural beauty of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden to your backyard with a consultation from director of horticulture, Steve Foltz. Luann Gibbs,, "Everything But The House to auction off unique Cincinnati experiences," 28 Apr. 2020 And therein lies the beauty of canned salmon, which is extraordinarily healthy, sustainable and deliciously versatile. Jane Black, WSJ, "Why Canned Salmon Is a Smarter Choice Than Tuna," 21 Apr. 2020 One of the beauties of this book is the author’s relationship with his mother. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Heroism, War, and Hell," 20 Apr. 2020 That’s the beauty of Windows’s strong legacy support. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Don't panic: Microsoft's phaseout of 32-bit Windows won't kill 32-bit software," 15 May 2020 This immersion blender that wowed us Every cooking enthusiast should know about the beauty of owning an immersion blender. Isabelle Kagan, USA TODAY, "Cookware is up to 70% off for All-Clad's huge factory sale—these are the best deals," 14 May 2020 But this is the beauty of life, one soul leaves us and a new one comes in. Sarah Midkiff,, "Gigi Hadid Makes A Special Promise To Her Baby On American Mother’s Day," 10 May 2020 The goal is to blend the emerging arts and culture scene downtown with the surrounding desert beauty and nearby loop of popular hiking and bicycling trails. Melissa Yeager, azcentral, "How a new Arizona hotel is preparing to open in a post-coronavirus travel scene," 7 May 2020

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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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19 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Beauty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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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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