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 In addition to adding natural beauty to the area for decades, the club is perhaps best known for its campaign in the 1960s to keep a freeway from being built through the Shaker Lakes area. cleveland, "Village Garden Club marks 91 years; take a walk or run for Shaker Meals On Wheels; more: Press Run," 1 May 2021 In the interim, there is beauty to be found in the new, adapted versions of perennial events. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "The Best Dressed Stars at the 2021 Academy Awards," 25 Apr. 2021 The open-top sports car, like most 356s, is a true beauty, but it’s not just for show; the street-legal racer can be driven on any road. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, "You Can Now Add This Rare 1956 Porsche 356A Ice Racer to Your Collection for $312,000," 23 Apr. 2021 On the subject of pretty, there's this beauty, a kind of lettuce wrap-meets-bruschetta-meets-wedge salad. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, "The 5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities this week," 9 Apr. 2021 Consider that there is beauty in your imperfections, too. Stephanie Burns, Forbes, "Is Your Business Sucking The Life Out Of You? Perfectionism May Be To Blame," 9 Apr. 2021 But there is much beauty, too, and a recognition that nature can be an economic resource. John Anderson, WSJ, "‘Our Towns’ Review: On the Ground in Flyover Country," 8 Apr. 2021 Don't worry, this is actually the beauty of paint (and good windows)! Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "How a Paint Color "Changes" Throughout the Day," 8 Apr. 2021 In My Wynter Season, author Jonathan Pitts reminds us there is beauty in finding hope, even in our most difficult times. Helen Bond, Dallas News, "‘My Wynter Season’ author finds hope in a time of loss," 1 Apr. 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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4 May 2021

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“Beauty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 May. 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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