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

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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 Between lovely painterly passages, the patched and dowdy hoods smoked cigars, drove around town, worked at easels, and beat themselves up, in both senses. Susan Tallman, The New York Review of Books, "Philip Guston’s Discomfort Zone," 5 Jan. 2021 Steve looked at me from underneath the ruff of his parka, a lovely mist of snow blowing 20 mph across the lake, his line frozen stiff in a dime-size opening in the ice. Anchorage Daily News, "To sleep, perchance to fish — but where? A fancy shanty, or a no-frills hut?," 2 Jan. 2021 Thanks to a lovely, sprawling storm system spanning much of the country, rain is in 2021’s first forecast. Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: New Year, new rain. 2021 starts damp and chilly.," 1 Jan. 2021 Six of Cups: You are headed into a new year filled with bliss and play, my lovely Leos! Meghan Rose, Glamour, "Leo Tarot Horoscopes: January 2021," 1 Jan. 2021 Hi Jean, Your lovely vintage watch dates to the 1930s. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, "The many faces of winter: Yenke Peddler antiques," 31 Dec. 2020 Upon arriving, Stewart found that the back was loaded with crab puffs, shrimp puffs, cream puffs, meat trays—a bevy of lovely appetizers. Jeff Winkler, The Atlantic, "The Art of Cooking While Everything Burns," 30 Dec. 2020 At an outdoor table in a plum orchard, on a lovely summer evening, Mr. Ossoff was seated across the table from Ron McCullagh, a former BBC journalist who in 1991 had founded Insight News Television. New York Times, "Democrats’ Georgia Hopes Rest on Jon Ossoff, 33. How Did He Get Here?," 28 Dec. 2020 The tours used to include a bit of eating and drinking along the way; now the food and wine are lovely parting gifts. Phil Vettel, chicagotribune.com, "Lawry’s the Prime Rib’s final days: Take-home, tours, tchotchkes on sale," 28 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun No, Colin Frissell hooking up with the three lovelies in Wisconsin. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Hail the Romcom Masterpiece," 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, "What to do with summer’s bounty of tomatoes, zucchini and more? Make ratatouille," 13 Aug. 2019 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

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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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Last Updated

11 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Lovely.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lovely. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for lovely

lovely

adjective
How to pronounce lovely (audio)

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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