pret·ti·ness | \ ˈpri-tē-nəs , ˈpər- , ˈpru̇- \

Definition of prettiness 

1 : the quality or state of being pretty

2 : something pretty

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Examples of prettiness in a Sentence

the sugary prettiness of the knickknacks is sure to appeal to a certain type of collector

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So many people seem to be aiming at an ideal of prettiness that has no edges to it. Kathleen Hou, The Cut, "Linda Wells on Life After Allure and Her New Beauty Brand," 25 June 2018 The child smiled at the new self in the mirror, this bright face with its velvety scalp, the last prettiness gone. Lauren Groff, The New Yorker, "Under the Wave," 9 July 2017 His brow is bisected by a deep furrow, and his former prettiness has weathered into something much more interesting. Paul Schrader, New York Times, "Review: ‘First Reformed’ Is an Epiphany. Ethan Hawke Is, Too.," 17 May 2018 My hair was innately connected to my idea of femininity and prettiness. Jessica Cruel, SELF, "How Embracing My Natural Hair Made Me Who I Am Today," 16 May 2018 Serve it in fancy teacups to bump up the prettiness. ELLE Decor, "13 Pretty (And Delicious!) Mother's Day Desserts," 11 Apr. 2016 The terrors of the car journey are amply rewarded in the village itself, which is beyond the dream of prettiness and charm. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Beyond Sea Views, What to Explore While Visiting the Amalfi Coast," 27 Apr. 2018 Romy's fellow inmates urge her to recognize her prettiness as a tool as well, and instruct her on how to wield it with Gordon. Idra Novey,, "Rachel Kushner's new novel, 'The Mars Room,' is devastating," 26 Apr. 2018 But vases of flowers on tables have been cursed by their own prettiness. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "A new show of French garden art at the Met explores the politics of verdant leisure spaces.," 13 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of prettiness

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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