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
Canada’s leadership has helped — sometimes No small portion of the current admiration is attributable to Justin Trudeau, the handsome prime minister.
Maeve arrives home this time, after working for months alongside a handsome colleague named Nicholas, to find that her twin brother has written his own book--a novel that appropriates Maeve's own love life.
Small and pointy as a dagger hidden in a petticoat, Sofia Coppola’s handsome, efficient Civil War-era thriller finds the filmmaker working in surprisingly compact mode.
Regardless, Ira Belgrade, an assistant casting director, spoke to the book’s author, Becky Aikman, about the struggle to cast the highly covetable part of the handsome drifter J.D., which would become Pitt’s breakout role.
The Good Sort elevates standard-issue Instagram-friendly style (neon signage, succulents, and a comically handsome Australian barista).
During the years that Bayrock and Trump did deals together, the company was also a bridge between murky European funding and a number of projects in the U.S. to which the president once leant his name in exchange for handsome fees.
As a rakishly handsome wanderlust kid from central Texas, Ulbricht had traveled north, away from his small life.
Buick LaCrosse is a technological cruisemobile with a hearty V-6 engine, handsome new styling and plenty of room inside — all with old-school friendly usability.
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Origin and Etymology of handsome
Middle English handsom easy to manipulate
First Known Use: 1530See Words from the same year
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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