lovely

adjective
love·​ly | \ ˈləv-lē How to pronounce lovely (audio) \
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 How to pronounce lovelily (audio) \ adverb
loveliness \ ˈləv-​lē-​nəs How to pronounce loveliness (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for lovely

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

The lovely people over at Moda heard about my accidental Triad Concealer Brush trick. Devon Abelman, Allure, "How I Inspired Moda's Triad Eye Brush, the Only Tool I Need for a Complete Shadow Look," 16 Aug. 2018 In some cases, that increased enjoyment comes from a conservation project that creates easier access to a lovely, relaxing place. Michigan Wildlife Council, Detroit Free Press, "Fishing enthusiasts hooked on conservation," 26 June 2018 The purity of that element just rang true to me, as a lovely place for the meeting of the minds. Bonnie Mccarthy, latimes.com, "How will Meghan and Harry mash up California style and British (royal) tradition?," 17 May 2018 The ideas here are heady but compelling, and the prose stays grounded and rich and lovely. Constance Grady, Vox, "The 16 best books I read in 2018," 21 Dec. 2018 As urban development and wildfire creep closer toward one another, tens of thousands of residents across the state are reckoning with new risks that once seemed relegated to the lovely, if parched golden hillsides above the cities. Susie Cagle, Curbed, "California’s changing fire country," 10 Oct. 2018 Founder Dante Gabriel Rossetti developed a lovely but peculiar female archetype, with large hands, prominent nose and jawline, and long neck. Charles Desmarais, SFChronicle.com, "‘Truth and Beauty’ at Legion of Honor: Pure visual pleasure of an idiosyncratic style," 29 June 2018 Along its streets, 18th century homes boast bright colors, lovely gardens, and families walk the sidewalks to and from the collection of shops and restaurants on Main Street. Kathleen Mcwilliams, Courant Community, "Wethersfield Squashes Proposed Residential Care Facility In Historic District," 21 June 2018 Ree Drummond posts many a lovely thing on her instagram. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "See World's Cutest Baby Photo of Ree Drummond's Daughter Paige," 16 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Here are some of the lovelies that were arrested recently -- the Berkeley deal. Fox News, "Ingraham: Far-left billionaires uniting to remake America," 29 Aug. 2018 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

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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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The first known use of lovely was before the 12th century

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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)

informal : a beautiful woman : a lovely woman

lovely

adjective
love·​ly | \ ˈləv-lē How to pronounce lovely (audio) \
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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