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


plural lovelies

Definition of lovely (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a beautiful woman
2 : a lovely object

Other Words from lovely


lovelily \ ˈləv-​lə-​lē How to pronounce lovely (audio) \ adverb
loveliness \ ˈləv-​lē-​nəs How to pronounce lovely (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for lovely


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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Tatum had equally lovely things to say about Kravitz. Glamour, 21 May 2022 The attendees were a diverse crowd of lovely people: from lesbian couples and gay couples, to nonbinary guests and people who are trans. Janay Kingsberry, Washington Post, 21 May 2022 This retro baseball poster will make a lovely bedroom, living room, or basement decoration. Katie Dupere And Vanessa Powell, Men's Health, 19 May 2022 Binissaida could serve as one of those historic village sites showing off Menorca’s lovely traditional drystone walls that look like something out of Scotland (along with Dutch-looking windmills and lighthouses that are popular motifs). John Oseid, Forbes, 19 May 2022 In my small Maine town there are some lovely maples, lindens, and oaks, their branches spread wide, open for business. Robert Klose, The Christian Science Monitor, 19 May 2022 Walking down the aisle alongside your friends and family is a sentimental affair, and dressing your mom in a gown that’s elegant, romantic, and festive will make the big day feel all the more momentous (not to mention lovely for photographs). Nicole Kliest, Vogue, 18 May 2022 Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, looked lovely in a pink Emilia Wickstead dress and Jane Taylor hat. Emily Burack, Town & Country, 18 May 2022 All these really lovely things have been written about it. Selome Hailu, Variety, 22 Feb. 2022 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,, 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,, 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,, 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 See More

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First Known Use of lovely


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


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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23 May 2022

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More Definitions for lovely


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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