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 This gorgeous bungalow on the beach will give you the quintessential Malibu experience. Travel + Leisure, "8 Beautiful Beach Houses You Can Rent on Airbnb," 28 Mar. 2021 Hourglass is known for creating makeup that is beloved by everyone on the hunt for natural-but-gorgeous skin. Tatjana Freund, Marie Claire, "Why Hourglass Equilibrium Eye Balm Is Worth It," 17 Mar. 2021 If a place has gorgeous scenery, that probably won’t change. Bill Conerly, Forbes, "Cities Will Be More Fragile, More Competitive, Than Ever Before," 9 Mar. 2021 In other words: Bimini Bon Boulash just made acne objectively gorgeous, nay, fashionable, to the masses. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, "Bimini Bon Boulash's "Zit Suit" Just Made Acne the Star of Drag Race UK," 5 Mar. 2021 Reviewers call it gorgeous and say it’s a winner for everyday-wear and family photo shoots alike. Southern Living, "These Empire-Waist Dresses from Amazon Will Convince You To Ditch the Yoga Pants," 19 Feb. 2021 This is a gorgeous film by an American, about Korean-speaking Americans in America, which would be a strong contender for awards in ANY category. Tyler Aquilina, EW.com, "Celebrities slam Golden Globes for classifying American-made Minari as a foreign language film," 23 Dec. 2020 These sweeping, panoramic shots of Hawaii's gorgeous scenery are about as close to a vacation as any of us will get for now. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "5 things to know for December 23: Stimulus, pardons, coronavirus, Israel, Walmart," 23 Dec. 2020 This four-hour drive will take you past the Denver city skyline as well as through gorgeous mountain scenery. Sarah Kuta, Condé Nast Traveler, "Where to Eat, Stay, and Play in Aspen, Colorado," 21 Dec. 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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6 May 2021

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“Gorgeous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gorgeous. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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gorgeous

adjective

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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