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

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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 While the experience itself is quite lovely — my headache disappeared after going in for a treatment — some experts are wary of its benefit claims. Audrey Noble, Allure, "What Is Brow Pinching? The Temporary Lifting Treatment, Explained," 3 Feb. 2020 Meanwhile, Marcello is falling back into the arms of the lovely and vivacious Musetta. Savannah Eadens, The Courier-Journal, "'La bohème,' 'Hansel and Gretel' lead Kentucky Opera's 2020-21 season. Here's what to know," 31 Jan. 2020 Hawaii is a lovely place to raise active, free-range children, and the smaller, sleepier islands like Molokai see few tourists and even fewer tabloid photographers. Nicole Clausing, Sunset Magazine, "Fit for a Prince: Where in the West Should Meghan and Harry Move?," 16 Jan. 2020 Ireland is magical, the people are lovely and they just...warm your soul. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Wedding in the Irish Countryside Was Dark & Moody—in All the Right Ways," 9 Jan. 2020 The lighting display made for lovely and very unusual wedding photos. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, "Love keeps everyone warm at outdoor holiday wedding: Strong Points," 9 Jan. 2020 Little Women has been adapted for film and television numerous times: Gillian Armstrong’s 1994 version, starring Winona Ryder, is one of the loveliest and most moving of them all—the bar for Gerwig was set high. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Greta Gerwig’s Invigorating Little Women Adaptation Is Pure Pleasure to Watch," 23 Dec. 2019 Research on the sun will help scientists understand the complex nature of solar weather, which brings us lovely aurora, but can also wreak havoc on our satellites and electrical grid. Shannon Stirone, Wired, "Space Photos of the Week: There's Nothing Like the Sun," 1 Feb. 2020 Artist Stacy Xilom has two lovely paintings in the exhibition. Darryl Ratcliff, Dallas News, "‘Lucha Libre 2020’ exhibition brings a wealth of artistic talent to Oak Cliff Cultural Center," 27 Jan. 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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18 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Lovely.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lovely. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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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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