cur·​va·​ceous ˌkər-ˈvā-shəs How to pronounce curvaceous (audio)
variants or less commonly curvacious
: having or suggesting the curves of a well-proportioned feminine figure
curvaceous hips
The curvaceous wooden mermaid shown on the cover … , forever staring into a mirror and waiting to comb her wind-tossed hair, was found in Wayland, Massachusetts …Robert Shaw
: having a smoothly curving form or shape
… the [golf] course sits on a curvaceous mound of trash some 40 feet deep.Jessica Snyder Sachs
Rounded windows with decorative surrounds predominate, as do curvaceous brackets under the exterior eaves.The Boston Sunday Globe
curvaceousness noun

Examples of curvaceous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Built into the hillside with a curvaceous exterior, the swooping lines were meant to mimic the mountainous desert landscape. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 20 Dec. 2023 But its romantic shape — a graceful or bulbous gooseneck ending in a pert stem, like an upturned nose, a plump and curvaceous bottom, heavy and steady and often blushed — is bested only by its complex taste. G. Daniela Galarza, Washington Post, 16 Nov. 2023 The suites are arrayed in velvet, leather, and glossy mahogany paneling, with curvaceous lines and moody lighting. Lucy Alexander, Robb Report, 23 Apr. 2023 But now there’s molten-honey lighting, curvaceous banquettes ideal for table-hopping, and walls adorned with whimsical murals of bons vivants in various states of lust and play. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, 10 Sep. 2023 Naomi, Cindy, Linda & Christy Remember The Dawn of The Supermodel Era A curvaceous shape paired with ends that curve underneath are the hallmarks of a good bubble bob. Hannah Coates, Vogue, 16 Aug. 2023 But Brazil and its cultural gatekeepers are embracing new definitions of beauty that celebrate natural curls, curvaceous bodies and darker skin tones. Ana Ionova, New York Times, 15 Aug. 2023 The latest wave will include serpentine sofas, curvaceous accent chairs, and all other forms of furniture, plus an infusion of architectural arches: windows, doors, and hallways. Tatjana Freund, Harper's BAZAAR, 15 Aug. 2023 Toshio Tokunaga, on the other hand, works with his daughter to wield wood into curvaceous forms in a process that is severely tedious. Isiah Magsino, Town & Country, 24 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1933, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of curvaceous was in 1933

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“Curvaceous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

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