gor·geous | \ˈgȯr-jəs \

Definition of gorgeous 

: splendidly or showily brilliant or magnificent

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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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From her beautiful horse stable setting to her gorgeous Reem Acra gown, Cuoco and her planning team paid close attention to detail. Jillian Ruffo, PEOPLE.com, "Watch Kaley Cuoco Get Ready for Her Wedding in This Intimate Video," 2 July 2018 Makeup artist Jessica Smalls moisturized Monae’s skin with Vaseline Smoothing Body Butter for non-greasy hydration that lasted all night under her gorgeous Marc Jacobs gown (definitely not purchased on a drugstore budget). Jessica Teich, USA TODAY, "10 drugstore makeup products celebrities actually wore to the Met Gala 2018," 8 May 2018 The second-floor deck at Edgewater is fairly compact — three tables and a lounge area — but the view is mighty: Pewaukee Lake stretches out before you, and a late dinner comes complete with gorgeous sunsets. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Dining patios proliferate around Milwaukee; a look at some new ones for 2018," 10 July 2018 Kylie Jenner's makeup routine is a lot of things: gorgeous, filled with lust-worthy products, and intense, to name a few. Zoe Weiner, Allure, "Watch Manny MUA Flawlessly Recreate Kylie Jenner’s Entire Makeup Routine," 9 July 2018 Obviously, Kylie still looks gorgeous, and her fans seem to agree. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Kylie Jenner Removed Her Lip Filler," 9 July 2018 So who’s paying for this gorgeous, Givenchy-heavy wardrobe? Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "We've Seen $1 Million Of Meghan Markle's Royal Wardrobe," 30 June 2018 But despite a few co-star absences, Harington and Leslie's wedding was completely gorgeous, from its country church service, to its reception in a castle. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Some of Kit Harington and Rose Leslie's Game of Thrones Co-Stars Didn't Make It to the Wedding," 24 June 2018 The theory is mathematically gorgeous, astonishingly self-consistent and even explains why the existence of gravity is inevitable. Graham Farmelo, WSJ, "‘Lost in Math’ Review: The Beauty Myth," 22 June 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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