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 The game is drop-dead gorgeous, with big sprites, snappy animations and massive, over-the-top bosses. Washington Post, "The most anticipated games of 2021," 29 Dec. 2020 Even when not in use, this board will look gorgeous on your countertop. Patrice J Williams, USA TODAY, "12 cozy home items you can buy from Black-owned businesses," 8 Dec. 2020 The desolate canyon will be just as gorgeous without the obelisk, and now those who want to leave the beaten track can enjoy it, and thousands just like it, without battling the blitz of the #explorers. Mark Sundeen, Outside Online, "Who's Really to Blame for the Monolith Shitshow," 3 Dec. 2020 Not only does the Breville look gorgeous out of the box with clean lines and a modern design, but this mixer is a true powerhouse. Tanya Edwards, CNN Underscored, "The best hand mixers of 2020," 19 Nov. 2020 Wood floors are durable and can look gorgeous for decades with the right care and cleaning. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, "How to Clean Hardwood Floors and Have Them Looking Like New," 19 Nov. 2020 My mother is just so gorgeous and has had nine kids. Chioma Nnadi, Vogue, "Alek Wek on the Moments That Defined Her Trailblazing Career in Modeling," 20 Oct. 2020 The quilt sets come in three different, but equally gorgeous and cheerful prints and include a quilt and two pillow shams for $49.98. Rebecca Angel Baer, Southern Living, "Exclusive: Sold-Out Pioneer Woman Quilt Sets Will Return to Walmart January 2," 23 Dec. 2020 The celestial conditions are ideal for buying gorgeous and delectable goodies or making holiday treats at home for the people on your gift list. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Dec. 19, 2020: Leo, harmless fun passes the time; Scorpio, be productive at home," 19 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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7 Jan 2021

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“Gorgeous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gorgeous. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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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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