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

Definition of gorgeous

: splendidly or showily brilliant or magnificent

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
Recent Examples on the Web One of the main things to consider is that all of the images need to be gorgeous. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 13 May 2022 The route is gorgeous and spans nine of the city’s most iconic neighborhoods. Molly Hanson, Outside Online, 25 Jan. 2022 Neff said that the trails all around Ambler were gorgeous, especially with a caribou herd scattered a few miles out from the village. Alena Naiden, Anchorage Daily News, 12 Apr. 2022 The animals are gorgeous, with polka-dot feather patterns and a purply-green sheen. New York Times, 11 Apr. 2022 Jessica Chastain is almost superhuman with her undeniable mix of talent, charisma, and gorgeous looks. Jennifer Chan, PEOPLE.com, 30 Mar. 2022 The girls also pull tons of gorgeous looks while stunting with choreography to the catchy lyrics and upbeat production. Samantha Olson, Seventeen, 11 Mar. 2022 Since becoming the face of Valentino in December 2020, Zendaya has collaborated with the Italian maison on several gorgeous red-carpet looks. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 27 Feb. 2022 What's better than giving her a gorgeous piece of jewelry this season? Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, 21 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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“Gorgeous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gorgeous. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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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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