pret·​ti·​ness | \ ˈpri-tē-nəs How to pronounce prettiness (audio) , 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
Recent Examples on the Web But, for K-pop idols, prettiness goes beyond aesthetics, and is also about the embodiment of ideals of wholesomeness and purity. Natalie Morin,, "What K-Pop’s Beautiful Men Can Teach Us About Masculinity," 12 May 2020 The track pits vulnerability against brutality, prettiness against noise, whispery blurriness against brute-force distortion, continuity against rupture. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "Alanis Morissette’s Agonized Ballad, and 10 More New Songs," 21 Feb. 2020 There were self-contained arias here, including one that ended neatly enough to garner applause — a rarity in Prototype-style contemporary opera — as well as moments of disarming pastoral prettiness. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "A Dance Steals the Show at an Opera Festival," 19 Jan. 2020 This wasn’t a performance about nonessentials, certainly not about prettiness when deeper meaning was there to be probed. Anne Midgette, Washington Post, "Christian Gerhaher’s Mahler recital stabs listeners in the heart," 20 Oct. 2019 Dion’s moment also highlighted the power of fashion beyond prettiness: the right piece can unleash the inner diva living inside all of us and serve as an empowering tool. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Céline Dion’s New Shirt Speaks Volumes," 31 Jan. 2019 In Oz, prettiness and virtue are conflated, and Glinda is the fairest of them all. Pam Grossman, The Atlantic, "The Wizard of Oz Invented the ‘Good Witch’," 25 Aug. 2019 These elfin creatures have a delicate prettiness that suggests a cross between supermodel and baby llama. Michele Corriston,, "The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Is Streaming Now on Netflix — and Critics Love It!," 30 Aug. 2019 My friend reminded me how often the prettiest flowers are demoted in our esteem simply because their prettiness makes them commonplace. Bonnie Blodgett, Twin Cities, "Blundering Gardener: The things you think of — and cry about — when gardening," 13 July 2019

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First Known Use of prettiness

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Cite this Entry

“Prettiness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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