lovely

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

Definition of lovely

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : delightful for beauty, harmony, or grace : attractive She looks lovely in that dress.
2 : grand, swell what a lovely morning
3 : eliciting love by moral or ideal worth A lovely woman who loves him for himself, not for his money.
4 obsolete : lovable

lovely

noun
plural lovelies

Definition of lovely (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a beautiful woman
2 : a lovely object

Other Words from lovely

Adjective

lovelily \ ˈləv-​lə-​lē How to pronounce lovely (audio) \ adverb
loveliness \ ˈləv-​lē-​nəs How to pronounce lovely (audio) \ 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 It’s all lovely, but for maximum solace, tuck into the shakshuka: runny poached eggs swimming in a stewed tomato broth with hints of coriander and cumin, topped with spicy green zhoug brightened with cilantro. Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, 21 Jan. 2022 Living, on the other hand, feels more like the kind of accomplishment Williams had in mind: earnest, lovely and nothing quite extraordinary. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Jan. 2022 In time, the anthem was moved to the start of games, and the live band has given way to some lovely and some cacophonous performances. Fay Vincent, WSJ, 19 Jan. 2022 And then there’s the sculptural palette itself, which is weighty and lovely to look at. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 18 Jan. 2022 My husband has conversed with the wife on many occasions, and their conversations have been nothing but lovely. Washington Post, 11 Jan. 2022 This cat movie’s detailed and iconoclastic and weird and lovely. Michael Ordoña, Los Angeles Times, 30 Dec. 2021 The artist has been one of my mainstays this year, as has this song that's equal parts lovely and wistful. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, 24 Dec. 2021 Bravo to Marvel for breaking down barriers with its first LGBTQ+ hero and its first deaf superhero in the lovely but undeserved Makkari. Sandra Gonzalez, CNN, 8 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun No, Colin Frissell hooking up with the three lovelies in Wisconsin. Kyle Smith, National Review, 10 Dec. 2019 The vegetables: Along with the summer lovelies mentioned above, some people get all crazy and put mushrooms in their ratatouille. James P. Dewan, chicagotribune.com, 13 Aug. 2019 Here are some of the lovelies that were arrested recently -- the Berkeley deal. Fox News, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 15 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of lovely

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

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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23 Jan 2022

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“Lovely.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lovely. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for lovely

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 : fine

lovely

noun

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

: 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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