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 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 new lecture hall, with its crinkle concrete walls (an acoustical detail that is lovely to look at) and warm wood, is an inviting space, and if programmed with substantial arts content will be a welcome addition to the larger Kennedy Center. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, "Does the Kennedy Center have a vision for its elegant but awkward new annex?," 30 Aug. 2019 Your wife is lovely, is her connection to music comparable to yours? Metanoya Z. Webb, Essence, "EXCLUSIVE: You'll Never Guess Idris Elba's Top Three Vacations of All Time," 14 Aug. 2019 Portraits of Mughal rulers, or of nobles cavorting, can be lovely. New York Times, "The Week in Arts: Tom Hiddleston in ‘Betrayal’; Beck Takes the Stage in Queens," 10 Aug. 2019 Beyond looking lovely in the night sky, perhaps the way the moon most directly affects the Earth is through its influence on the planet's oceans. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Moon: An Explainer," 25 July 2019 Aisling McIlenden was lovely, and there was absolutely no call for such public traduction of her or indeed any other lass on account of just being good-looking. Colin Barrett, Harper's magazine, "The Alps," 22 July 2019 The high-end resort backdrop is lovely to look at, and Vikander and Green invest their characters’ respective epiphanies with some feeling. Noel Murray, latimes.com, "Reviews: Gary Oldman in ‘Killers Anonymous’; plus ‘The 16th Episode’ and more," 27 June 2019 The lovely bride and groom are Jenny Rodriguez and Jeffrey Therber. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland.com, "Start your Labor Day weekend with chicken parprikas, stuffed cabbage and strudel: Talk of the Towns," 16 Aug. 2019 The light, bright, loft-like space is on the top floor of a block that sits on a hill, with a lovely sea breeze that comes through the windows. Audrey Phoon, Condé Nast Traveler, "Singapore’s Private Kitchens Are the Island’s Hottest Dining Experience," 14 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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

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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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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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