gor·​geous | \ˈgȯr-jəs \

Definition of gorgeous 

: splendidly or showily brilliant or magnificent

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Other Words from gorgeous

gorgeously adverb
gorgeousness noun

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splendid, resplendent, gorgeous, glorious, sublime, superb mean extraordinarily or transcendently impressive. splendid implies outshining the usual or customary. the wedding was a splendid occasion resplendent suggests a glowing or blazing splendor. resplendent in her jewelry gorgeous implies a rich splendor especially in display of color. a gorgeous red dress glorious suggests radiance that heightens beauty or distinction. a glorious sunset sublime implies an exaltation or elevation almost beyond human comprehension. a vision of sublime beauty superb suggests an excellence reaching the highest conceivable degree. her singing was superb

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In the late Middle Ages many women wore a type of headdress—called a wimple in English—that surrounded the neck and head, leaving only the face uncovered. The word gorgias, from gorge, meaning “throat,” was the French name for the part of the headdress that covered the throat and shoulders. In time it also came to be used as a name for the entire garment. A beautiful headdress was so much the mark of a fashionable lady that Gorgias then became an adjective meaning “elegant” or “fond of dress.” Borrowed into English as gorgayse and then gorgeous, the word gradually took on the meaning of “beautiful” that it has today.

Examples of gorgeous in a Sentence

The difference in appearance can be dramatic, as I saw on a visit to the small, modern factory where Pineider prints its stationery, in a gorgeous part of Tuscany near Florence and bordering Chianti. — Corby Kummer, Atlantic, May 2001 In the Arlberg … my wife and I were taken to the most perfect dinner by an elderly Viennese couple and their gorgeous young daughter, whom we had met in Washington. — Geoffrey Wolff, Granta, Autumn 1990 Banks of gorgeous flowers were on every hand, and birds with rare and brilliant plumage sang and fluttered in the trees and bushes. — L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, 1900 Your baby is absolutely gorgeous! sunsets in Hawaii are just gorgeous
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Jason mentions that the firm hadn’t yet had many chances to work on such a gorgeous site, and that Ellis and Lee were keen to experience the breadth and width of their land throughout the day. Samantha Weiss Hills, Curbed, "Embracing nature—and minimalism—in North Carolina," 26 Nov. 2018 Changing into the most gorgeous Oscar de la Renta gown, Meghan completely stunned the fellow attendees, with her tulle dress being reminiscent of the fairytale outfit a Disney princess might wear. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Has a Fairytale Moment in Oscar de la Renta as She Returns to Sydney with Prince Harry," 26 Oct. 2018 One of the most gorgeous men ever to grace the screen, this guy called Ken Wahl, stars in the film. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "The Joys of Sex, According to Christopher Kane," 26 Sep. 2018 Sure, the phone had some innovative new features, including a gorgeous display and FaceID. Dan Frommer, Recode, "Apple got us to spend more money on iPhones — and that’s driving most of Apple’s growth," 1 Aug. 2018 But to save the gorgeous, historic building, coming together has sometimes been a struggle. Aubrey Nagle, Philly.com, "Pickleball takes over the Jersey Shore, Pa. Supreme Court donations in question | Morning Newsletter," 12 July 2018 For Markle's and Prince Harry's wedding, Queen Elizabeth II donned a gorgeous green coat over a floral dress with green and purple flowers, as well as a green hat with purple adornments. Southern Living, "This Color Is Having a Moment in the Royal Family," 23 May 2018 Check out the button detail... ...and the gorgeous back: The Invictus Games are a international adaptive sporting event that Markle's husband Prince Harry founded four years ago. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Meghan Markle Closed Out the Invictus Games in a Stunning Antonio Berardi Tuxedo Dress," 27 Oct. 2018 Both properties are gorgeous, with cozy rooms, delicious on-site food options, and a full-service spa. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Weekend Trip Guide: Where to Stay, Eat, and Drink in Skopelos, Greece," 14 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of gorgeous

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gorgeous

Middle English gorgeouse, from Middle French gorgias elegant, perhaps from gorgias wimple, from gorge throat

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English Language Learners Definition of gorgeous

: very beautiful or attractive

: very enjoyable or pleasant


gor·​geous | \ˈgȯr-jəs \

Kids Definition of gorgeous

: very beautiful

Other Words from gorgeous

gorgeously adverb
gorgeousness noun

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