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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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 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

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First Known Use of prettiness

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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