lovely

adjective
love·​ly | \ˈləv-lē \
lovelier; loveliest

Definition of lovely 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 obsolete : lovable

2 : delightful for beauty, harmony, or grace : attractive She looks lovely in that dress.

3 : grand, swell what a lovely morning

4 : eliciting love by moral or ideal worth A lovely woman who loves him for himself, not for his money.

lovely

noun
plural lovelies

Definition of lovely (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a beautiful woman

2 : a lovely object

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Other Words from lovely

Adjective

lovelily \ ˈləv-​lə-​lē \ adverb
loveliness \ ˈləv-​lē-​nəs \ noun

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Adjective

beautiful, lovely, handsome, pretty, comely, fair mean exciting sensuous or aesthetic pleasure. beautiful applies to whatever excites the keenest of pleasure to the senses and stirs emotion through the senses. beautiful mountain scenery lovely is close to beautiful but applies to a narrower range of emotional excitation in suggesting the graceful, delicate, or exquisite. a lovely melody handsome suggests aesthetic pleasure due to proportion, symmetry, or elegance. a handsome Georgian mansion pretty often applies to superficial or insubstantial attractiveness. a painter of conventionally pretty scenes comely is like handsome in suggesting what is coolly approved rather than emotionally responded to. the comely grace of a dancer fair suggests beauty because of purity, flawlessness, or freshness. fair of face

Examples of lovely in a Sentence

Adjective

She was wearing a lovely dress. a lovely bouquet of flowers The song has a lovely melody. The hotel has a lovely view. We enjoyed a lovely dinner. a singer with a lovely voice Their children have lovely manners. How lovely of you to come! It was lovely to have you here!

Noun

A chorus line of young lovelies danced on the stage.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Concertgoers had lovely weather in which to take in the performances save for the wind, which nearly made airborne the performers' sheet music, according to fest coordinator Nancy Guillemette. Michelle L. Quinn, Post-Tribune, "Gospel music fest lifts spirits, sheet music," 25 June 2018 That means lovely weather for the 35th annual Chris Owens French Quarter Easter Parade as well as a host of other activities planned this weekend. Jennifer Larino, NOLA.com, "Does Easter weekend weather in New Orleans get much better than this?," 30 Mar. 2018 What is lovelier than Shakespeare in the park on a day in midsummer? Irene Hsiao, Chicago Reader, "Two Gentlemen of Verona," 13 July 2018 Volcano opens with an arrestingly lovely sequence, an extended aerial shot of droplets splashing in slow motion onto a dark body of water before a huge, mysterious barge swims into view. Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Volcano': Film Review | Karlovy Vary 2018," 13 July 2018 On the second half of the hike, the pastures widen to expose lovely views of mountaintops above and towns, buttes and hills far below. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "10 best hikes in Arizona show off state's diverse scenery," 13 July 2018 The wine also adds a lovely aroma and flavor to the rice. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Table for 1: For solo diners, cooking at home offers many perks," 12 July 2018 But everything else about that dish clicked — the plump scallops, perfectly sauteed; the lovely rice and vegetables. Tim Smith, baltimoresun.com, "Miku Sushi and Steakhouse a pleasant haven in Cockeysville," 12 July 2018 The leafy and lovely downtown features majestic storefronts and homes from the early 1800s to the 1930s, a scenic river walk and plenty of restaurants and shops. Sarah Bahr, Indianapolis Star, "Ultimate Indiana bucket list: 50+ things to do in Indianapolis and around the state," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Scott Rubin was asked to write jokes for National Lampoon’s Strip Poker, a witless pay-per-view series featuring Kaelin and a group of lovelies (including Olivia Munn, then known as Lisa) at the Hedonism II nudist resort in Jamaica. Benjamin Wallace, HWD, "Can Anyone Repair National Lampoon’s Devastated Brand?," 1 May 2017 The Observer resolved then and there to award these two lovelies his first Mellow MoonPie award, for grit and glimmer in the face of death. The Masked Observer, AL.com, "The Masked Observer discovers a lot of Eastern Shore energy with the Pierrettes," 31 Jan. 2018 Of these desirable lovelies, only Mabel (who is also played by the gamely resourceful Omar) opens her heart to poor forlorn Freddy. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "'Pirates of Penzance,' with a piña colada: Gilbert & Sullivan plays as interactive party," 26 Jan. 2018 Its Instagram feed for its men’s line, for example, which has more than 855,000 followers, is a cornucopia of F.O.M.O.-inducing shots of stylish young lovelies cavorting in exotic locales wearing cool watches. Alex Williams, New York Times, "A Watch Brand by and for Millennials," 30 Oct. 2017 Lunch or dinner isn’t complete without a stop at the pretty-as-a-picture pastry case, with lovelies like chocolate caramel tartlets lined up inside. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Milwaukee 50, with Milwaukee's Top 30 restaurants, ranked," 15 Sep. 2017 Scott Rubin was asked to write jokes for National Lampoon’s Strip Poker, a witless pay-per-view series featuring Kaelin and a group of lovelies (including Olivia Munn, then known as Lisa) at the Hedonism II nudist resort in Jamaica. Benjamin Wallace, HWD, "Can Anyone Repair National Lampoon’s Devastated Brand?," 19 May 2017 Instead of Britain’s Marmite and baked bean lovelies, Vegemite and mashed avocado became favored spreads Down Under. John Birdsall, Bon Appetit, "Why Are We Still Talking About Avocado Toast?," 19 July 2017 So who are these lovelies with whom May has to make common cause in order to stay as prime minister? Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "A Climate Change-Denying, Anti-Abortion Party Rose to Power in Britain's General Election," 9 June 2017

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First Known Use of lovely

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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lovely

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of lovely

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: attractive or beautiful especially in a graceful way

: very good or likable

: very pleasing

lovely

noun

English Language Learners Definition of lovely (Entry 2 of 2)

: a beautiful woman : a lovely woman

lovely

adjective
love·​ly | \ˈləv-lē \
lovelier; loveliest

Kids Definition of lovely

1 : very attractive or beautiful You look lovely in that outfit.

2 : very pleasing We had a lovely time.

Other Words from lovely

loveliness noun

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