gorgeous

adjective
gor·​geous | \ ˈgȯr-jəs How to pronounce gorgeous (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web Check out the most gorgeous photos from Madeliene and Jasson’s Miami wedding. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Bridal Bliss: Madeliene's Couture Wedding Dress Almost Stopped Time," 27 May 2020 Not having a wonderful prom night in a gorgeous dress, being with my friends and walking across that graduation stage stings. Courtney Christian, Freep.com, "Utica High School senior Courtney Christian reaches for light in the midst of darkness," 17 May 2020 Call of the Sea is gorgeous though, with what looks like a blend of landlubbing adventures and tranquil underwater dives. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Microsoft reveals the first Xbox Series X games: Watch every trailer," 7 May 2020 The first and third movements have two of the most gorgeous cello solos anywhere. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Dallas Symphony musicians reverse perspectives in a chamber music concert," 19 Feb. 2020 Like the other games on this list that appear on other consoles, the Xbox One X version of The Witcher 3 is the most gorgeous version. Matthew Gault, Time, "The 10 Best Xbox One X Games You Can Play Right Now," 5 Feb. 2020 The one thing to get you in the spirit: Celebrate Christmas with mass at Notre-Dame Basilica, arguably one of the most stunningly gorgeous churches in the entire world. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "25 Best Places to Spend Christmas: The World's Most Festive Cities," 6 Dec. 2019 Search #cheeseboard on Instagram and more than 600,000 posts of gorgeous, bountiful cheese board ideas appear. Courtney Thompson, CNN Underscored, "Get ready for the holidays with these Instagram-worthy cheese board ideas," 5 Dec. 2019 Anaya’s gorgeous ex-BFF Petra doesn’t have zit issues, but her allergy is a rare and lethal one: water. Daniel Kraus, New York Times, "A Few Brave Kids Battle a Toxic World," 16 May 2020

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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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The first known use of gorgeous was in the 15th century

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4 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Gorgeous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gorgeous. Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for gorgeous

gorgeous

adjective
How to pronounce gorgeous (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of gorgeous

: very beautiful or attractive
: very enjoyable or pleasant

gorgeous

adjective
gor·​geous | \ ˈgȯr-jəs How to pronounce gorgeous (audio) \

Kids Definition of gorgeous

: very beautiful

Other Words from gorgeous

gorgeously adverb
gorgeousness noun

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