Definition of handsome
2 : moderately large : sizable a painting that commanded a handsome price
3 : marked by skill or cleverness : adroit
4 : marked by graciousness or generosity : liberal handsome contributions to charity
5 : having a pleasing and usually impressive or dignified appearance
Examples of handsome in a Sentence
He was a handsome man, in a big-screen way, with the deep-set eyes and boyish smile and even the lumpy, interesting complexion of a Harrison Ford or a Robert Redford. —Adam Gopnik, New Yorker, 10 May 2004
An Alexandrian statue of a ruggedly handsome man with gaunt features like Caesar's exploits the translucent glow of large-grained marble from the distant Greek island of Thasos, combining Roman attention to the texture of aging skin with the abstract elegance of Egyptian-style almond eyes and chiseled cheekbones. —Ingrid D. Rowland, New Republic, 1 & 8 Apr. 2002
The Galaxy's first stop, St. Lucia's capital city of Castries, has been destroyed by so many fires that travel writers dismiss it as holding little interest. There I came upon a handsome three-story brick building that had clearly withstood the city's century of conflagrations. It was, of all things, a Carnegie Library, built by that American millionaire's beneficence in 1916. —Carla Davidson, American Heritage, November 1999
With bonds and utility stocks under seige, many people who depend on these traditional income investments are taking a new look at real estate investment trusts. What they're finding is that “REITs” generate handsome dividend yields of 6% or more while offering the possibility of capital gains. That's not bad at a time when 10-year Treasury notes, which currently yield about 7%, come with the worry that rising interest rates will cause their value to plummet. —Lynn Asinof, Wall Street Journal, 3 June 1994
It was a handsome house situated on a large lot.
The book includes many handsome illustrations.
I predict that someone tall, dark, and handsome is going to come into your life.
He inherited a handsome fortune.
He made a handsome profit on the sale of the house.
The book is a handsome tribute to a great poet.
Recent Examples of handsome from the Web
Hundreds of bottles of vino and more than 30 wines by the glass join 30 craft brews in a handsome environment.
With his tall slender frame, deep brown skin, black waves greased to perfection and a handsome face Migo became my sort of unofficial fairy godmother, though neither one of us knew it.
Moisture-resistant teak is a solid choice for a durable cutting board, and the materials for this handsome edge grain model are all sourced from sustainable plantations.
A handsome staircase leads to the second story where the master suite is privately tucked away to create a serene haven.
De Villiers, the taxidermy wunderkind, the sort of ruggedly handsome competitor any sport would promote as its future, sounds like a descendant.
Cue her first appointment with Dr. Paul Meyer (Dardenne brothers regular Jeremie Renier), a blond, boyishly handsome therapist whose sweater-and-spectacles look is as reassuring as his professional manner.
Mix one swaggering, slurring, Johnny Depp (heavy on the eyeliner) with one headstrong young lass in a cleavage-baring corset and one noble, handsome upstart.
Among the excellent cast, Ballard is particularly effective as a handsome, delightfully dim egotist so accustomed to female adoration that Jane’s rejection boggles his meager mental powers.
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Origin and Etymology of handsome
Middle English handsom easy to manipulate
First Known Use: 1530
Synonym Discussion of handsome
HANDSOME Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of handsome for English Language Learners
: pleasing to look at; especially of a person : having a pleasing appearance that causes romantic or sexual feelings in someone
: large in size or amount
: done or achieved in an impressive way
HANDSOME Defined for Kids
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