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 Only five days later, Kylie Jenner donned the exact same outfit – and the girl looks gorgeous. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Kylie Jenner Just Recreated Selena Gomez’s “Ice Cream” Sailor Bikini Look," 2 Sep. 2020 None of my organizational trays are as gorgeous as this one, though. Tessa Bahoosh, USA TODAY, "15 popular decor items you didn’t know Home Depot sold," 24 Aug. 2020 The views are gorgeous out to Duxbury Point, with passing ships, shorebirds and, lately, lots of salmon boats. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "8 ways to rediscover the Bay Area’s beauty during pandemic," 14 Aug. 2020 The one-and-a-half-hour creation offers fans an ornate and uplifting trip through Africa's gorgeous landscape and culture, with the singer as their guide. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Beyoncé Chose Former Slaveholding Plantation as Setting for Part of Visual Album Black Is King," 13 Aug. 2020 Adele's hair is now past shoulder-length and a strawberry-blonde hue that looks especially gorgeous with her perfect natural curls. Angela Trakoshis, Allure, "Adele Just Showed Off Her Naturally Curly Hair On Instagram," 3 Aug. 2020 Those did really well in mass market and the covers were gorgeous with the people on it. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Romance author Roni Loren on the 'eye-catching' illustrated cover trend (plus her new cover!)," 30 June 2020 Check out the oceanfront homes of the 1920s-era coal scions, silver heiresses, and the Vanderbilts from the 3.5-mile Cliff Walk, which is totally free and absolutely gorgeous, scenery-wise. Ashley Mateo, Redbook, "Weekend Trip Guide: Where to Stay, Eat, and Drink in Newport, Rhode Island," 30 Aug. 2017 Even with the low water flow of late summer, this spot is gorgeous. Susan Glaser, cleveland, "Exploring Hocking Hills State Park, Ohio’s crown jewel, with new one-way trails and an overnight lodge on the way," 27 Aug. 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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14 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Gorgeous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gorgeous. Accessed 22 Sep. 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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