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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After striking a pose, Jenner took a dip in the stunning sea and stopped for a photo with her friends with the gorgeous backdrop of the Greek isles in the background. Kaitlyn Frey, PEOPLE.com, "From Neon Bikinis to Micro-Minis! Inside Kendall Jenner's Mykonos Vacation Style," 11 July 2019 Outside of the epic fetes, gorgeous Caribbean backdrop and beautiful people, the music for St. Lucia Carnival is truly what makes this experience one of a kind. Anquanette Gaspard, Essence, "Live It Up: Get On Badder Than Bad at St. Lucia Carnival 2019," 9 July 2019 Dillon Reservoir With gorgeous mountain backdrops and 27 miles of shoreline, Dillon Reservoir never gets old. Sarah Kuta, The Know, "18 places you can rent a boat in landlocked Colorado," 8 July 2019 The photographer caught the perfect snap as Turner, wearing a gorgeous dress by Louis Vuitton designer Nicolas Ghesquière, smiles down the camera as the pair walk back down the aisle. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Joe Jonas Shares Stunning First Wedding Photo With Sophie Turner," 4 July 2019 In the sweet shot, Meghan's hand can be seen holding Archie's tiny feet, in front of a gorgeous backdrop of flowers. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's New Photo of Archie Pays Tribute to Princess Diana," 12 May 2019 One of the hallmarks of the beginning of spring every year is the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C., when the beautiful soft pink petals bloom and create a gorgeous backdrop for the Capitol. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "This Is When The Cherry Blossoms Will Peak in Washington D.C," 15 Mar. 2019 The snow made a gorgeous backdrop as the couple toured the historic city. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Makes Wearing Heels in the Snow Look Effortless," 1 Feb. 2019 Milk-glass pendant lights from the 1920s are gorgeous and also take up little space in a small bathroom. Katlin Menza, House Beautiful, "Your Garage Can Become a Getaway," 28 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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English Language Learners Definition of gorgeous

: very beautiful or attractive
: very enjoyable or pleasant


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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