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 Isaia Rankin was a lovely, charming, fun person who would often come into Barneys bringing armfuls of clothes. Phillip Picardi, Vogue, "Chapter Two: The Fashion Community Remembers the Lives Lost to the AIDS Crisis," 16 Dec. 2020 The library is, with its careworn and temporary offerings, as lovely and as poignant a reminder of our actual human condition as the tides or a forest in fall. Ben Dolnick, New York Times, "Library Books: A Small Antidote to a Life of Perpetual Dissatisfaction," 8 Dec. 2020 Eliot knew the truth of this lovely and cryptic phrase all too well. Michelle Taylor, The New Yorker, "The Secret History of T. S. Eliot’s Muse," 5 Dec. 2020 For another lovely and tender crumb, try Grandma Webster’s Dinner Rolls. Washington Post, "Our best roll, cornbread and biscuit recipes for Thanksgiving," 24 Nov. 2020 Alexander Hankin, the trustee of MAD’s young patrons group, MAD Luminaries, opted to celebrate Chicago and her Dinner Party in a lovely and literal way. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "At the 2020 MAD Ball, a Celebration of Artist Judy Chicago," 23 Oct. 2020 Bright green, while a lovely and vibrant color on its own, is also notable for being the likely color of a screen that an editor can replace with any number of backdrops to make for a more compelling scene. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "Twitter creatively reimagines first lady Melania Trump's RNC 'green screen' dress," 28 Aug. 2020 The installation — brown leaves strewn across the floor, red flowers hanging from the ceiling, a stack of white, china teacups — is lovely and evocative, to be sure. Lisa Kennedy, The Know, "On a socially distanced Five Points street corner, watch a play unfold live in the windows of the historic Savoy," 16 July 2020 But some of the prints, whether black-and-white or lustrously blue, are lovely. Washington Post, "In the galleries: Up to his elbows in watery works and lustrous prints," 18 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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28 Feb 2021

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“Lovely.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lovely. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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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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