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

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 The relatable prettiness tendered by Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and the increasingly visible Countess of Wessex, is endlessly desirable. Vogue, 3 June 2022 When Kitt as Catwoman interrupts the affair, her skintight, shimmery noir catsuit is a titillating, sharp gasp against all that dull prettiness. Scott Calonico, The New Yorker, 16 Feb. 2022 Ironically enough for a horror movie elevated by Malickian grace, Stolevski sometimes overindulges in prettiness, just like the master himself. Joshua Rothkopf,, 27 Jan. 2022 Engler, a Downton Abbey veteran, seems mostly to be taking in all the prettiness and not giving the series a unique energy that would echo the cultural transformation taking place onscreen. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Jan. 2022 Baker portrays Texas City as an unlovely cluster of neighborhoods pinned to the Gulf Coast by a collection of oil refineries, a place where even the potential prettiness of the waterfront is colored by grim history. Alison Willmore, Vulture, 11 Dec. 2021 Come showtime one never has to hunt too far to feel the shadow of something dark among the prettiness at Simone Rocha. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 9 Aug. 2021 While the beauty of the off-the-grid wild at their disposal would be impossible to miss or downplay for any camera, the duo’s lens unearths more than sheer prettiness, seizing something wistful, even restorative in its grandeur. Tomris Laffly, Variety, 5 Sep. 2021 Of course, prints and prettiness aren’t the only way to tackle spring style. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 17 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of prettiness

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Prettiness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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