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 Brad Wood, the copacetic producer who helmed Guyville and Whip-Smart, is back for the first time since the Nineties, and the album’s sound often recalls the tart melodies, droll, searching prettiness, and rich genre impressionism of those albums. Jon Dolan, Rolling Stone, 4 June 2021 Is there a bonus associated with exceeding a prettiness threshold? Ed Rusch, Forbes, 24 May 2021 One of her early influences was the work of Robert Henri, a founder of the Ashcan School—a movement that challenged the bourgeois prettiness of the work of the American Impressionists. Hilton Als, The New Yorker, 19 Apr. 2021 The irony is that the QX55’s normcore prettiness leaves almost no one behind: a big sassy grille, 20-inch wheels, a slick roof, a cute butt. Dan Neil, WSJ, 1 Apr. 2021 The color combinations and the mix of prettiness, done in a modern way, and then this hard-edged, masculine elegance. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, 19 Feb. 2021 In the Thursday concert, McGegan and Grimaud brought both drama and elegant detail to music often served up in pastel prettiness. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, 15 Jan. 2021 Who better to wear ruffles, roses, puffed sleeves, and unabashed prettiness than a star whose witty take on courtship has yielded a lifetime’s worth of binge-worthy television? Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 11 Jan. 2021 The prettiness of those green fields vanished for me. Jessica Zack,, 10 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of prettiness

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of prettiness was in 1530

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6 Jun 2021

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“Prettiness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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