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 Newman portrayed Martha Vail, a gorgeous would-be singer from Mississippi who is down on her luck. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, "Phyllis Newman, Tony-Winning Actress in 'Subways Are for Sleeping,' Dies at 86," 16 Sep. 2019 Is there anyone — seriously, anyone — who prefers the Dolphins' primary uniform set over their gorgeous throwbacks? Paul Lukas, SI.com, "Uni Watch's Best and Worst Looks From Week 2 in the NFL," 15 Sep. 2019 The Caped Crusader saves dismal Gotham City and gorgeous Vicki Vale from the freaky Joker. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 15, 2019: ‘Alien,’ ‘Aliens’ and more," 13 Sep. 2019 Add a little water music to your yard with inspiration from our gallery of gorgeous water features The sound of moving water can transform any outdoor space into your own private paradise. Sunset Magazine, "These Gorgeous Water Features and Garden Fountains Add Splash to Any Yard," 12 Sep. 2019 Album03 builds upon their foundational Style of Living collection, with a gorgeous array of new seasonal pieces, from bedding to bath, and even loungewear items. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Frette’s New Capsule Collection is the Touch of Luxury We’ve Been Craving," 4 Sep. 2019 Villas are all a few steps from a gorgeous pool and cactus gardens with secret terraces and sweeping lawns. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "From Buenos Aires to the Chilean Coast: A Road Trip Across South America," 22 Aug. 2019 For that same price in Magnolia, potential buyers will find a gorgeous country estate hidden in the woods that comes with its own 1750-square-foot pavilion that overlooks a large pond and fountains. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "How a $1 million home compares across 10 Houston-area suburbs," 15 Aug. 2019 Following the nuptials, the Jonas fam celebrated at Château de Tourreau, a gorgeous sprawling estate. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner Celebrate Marriage With Second Wedding in France," 30 June 2019

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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

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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