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

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Emily Blunt was more Maid Marian than Mary Poppins in Yanina Couture’s pouty sleeved number, all fairy-tale prettiness with a nifty edge. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "10 Best Dressed: Week of December 3, 2018," 3 Dec. 2018 The evening also offered a preview of things to come: Gemma Chan’s ruffled Oscar de la Renta is part of the Fall 2019 collection and its unapologetic prettiness bodes well for the brand’s show at New York Fashion Week next month. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "SAG Awards 2019: The Best Dressed Celebrities on the Red Carpet," 28 Jan. 2019 On the surface, the renowned duo created a uniform army of swinging ’60s beauties with short baby bangs and Twiggy-esque lashes, but as Palau and McGrath explained to Vogue backstage, there’s more than just prettiness at play. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Boyish Bangs! Baby Doll Lashes! Just Don't Call Prada’s Beauty Look Millennial," 21 Sep. 2018 Was my friend looking just too privileged in her prettiness? Laura Jacobs, WSJ, "An Exhibition to Tickle You ‘Pink’," 11 Sep. 2018 Apparently, most physical characteristics that guys can't control are less important than prettiness. Asher Fogle, Good Housekeeping, "What Makes the Perfect Male "Package"?," 23 July 2015 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

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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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