gor·​geous | \ ˈgȯr-jəs How to pronounce gorgeous (audio) \

Essential Meaning of gorgeous

1 : very beautiful or attractive Your baby is absolutely gorgeous! a gorgeous young man/woman a gorgeous red dress
2 : very enjoyable or pleasant gorgeous summer afternoons

Full Definition of gorgeous

: splendidly or showily brilliant or magnificent

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Other Words from gorgeous

gorgeously adverb
gorgeousness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for gorgeous

splendid, resplendent, gorgeous, glorious, sublime, superb mean extraordinarily or transcendently impressive. splendid implies outshining the usual or customary. the wedding was a splendid occasion resplendent suggests a glowing or blazing splendor. resplendent in her jewelry gorgeous implies a rich splendor especially in display of color. a gorgeous red dress glorious suggests radiance that heightens beauty or distinction. a glorious sunset sublime implies an exaltation or elevation almost beyond human comprehension. a vision of sublime beauty superb suggests an excellence reaching the highest conceivable degree. her singing was superb

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In the late Middle Ages many women wore a type of headdress—called a wimple in English—that surrounded the neck and head, leaving only the face uncovered. The word gorgias, from gorge, meaning “throat,” was the French name for the part of the headdress that covered the throat and shoulders. In time it also came to be used as a name for the entire garment. A beautiful headdress was so much the mark of a fashionable lady that Gorgias then became an adjective meaning “elegant” or “fond of dress.” Borrowed into English as gorgayse and then gorgeous, the word gradually took on the meaning of “beautiful” that it has today.

Examples of gorgeous in a Sentence

The difference in appearance can be dramatic, as I saw on a visit to the small, modern factory where Pineider prints its stationery, in a gorgeous part of Tuscany near Florence and bordering Chianti. — Corby Kummer, Atlantic, May 2001 In the Arlberg … my wife and I were taken to the most perfect dinner by an elderly Viennese couple and their gorgeous young daughter, whom we had met in Washington. — Geoffrey Wolff, Granta, Autumn 1990 Banks of gorgeous flowers were on every hand, and birds with rare and brilliant plumage sang and fluttered in the trees and bushes. — L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, 1900 Your baby is absolutely gorgeous! sunsets in Hawaii are just gorgeous
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Recent Examples on the Web Below, the beloved Bachelor franchise jewelry designer breaks down the gorgeous diamonds featured in the season 7 finale and shares what made each ring a perfect choice for these couples. Hanna Flanagan, PEOPLE.com, 6 Oct. 2021 Follow Daniel’s personal page, Nativein_LA, for gorgeous photos of Daniel running on the Tongva land in California. Melissa Matthews, SELF, 5 Oct. 2021 The display stemmed from a perfect combination of meteorological elegance and chaos, making for gorgeous photos while captivating social media. Washington Post, 5 Oct. 2021 But this award-winning doc is a gorgeous look at ball culture in New York City and the wide range of presentations, identities, and races in the communities. Katherine J Igoe, Marie Claire, 1 Oct. 2021 Megan's Instagram carousel includes several selfies showing off her gorgeous new look. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 27 Sep. 2021 Often referred to as the Scotland of the East, Shillong is known for its gorgeous views, complete with impressive mountains, green meadows and parks, clear lakes, and cascading waterfalls. Arundhati Nath, Condé Nast Traveler, 27 Sep. 2021 This gorgeous VMAs look is just another examples of her being iconic. Christopher Ros, Glamour, 12 Sep. 2021 That boat, still tethered to the dock just below their gorgeous lakeside house, is a grim reminder of tragedy. Los Angeles Times, 19 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of gorgeous

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gorgeous

Middle English gorgeouse, from Middle French gorgias elegant, perhaps from gorgias wimple, from gorge throat

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“Gorgeous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gorgeous. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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gor·​geous | \ ˈgȯr-jəs How to pronounce gorgeous (audio) \

Kids Definition of gorgeous

: very beautiful

Other Words from gorgeous

gorgeously adverb
gorgeousness noun

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