Definition of handsome
- a painting that commanded a handsome price
- handsome contributions to charity
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.
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First Known Use: 1530See Words from the same year
: 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
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of yeast or being unsettled or frivolous
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