Beautiful



having beauty; possessing qualities that give great pleasure or satisfaction to see, hear, think about, etc.; delighting the senses or mind:
a beautiful dress; a beautiful speech.
excellent of its kind:
a beautiful putt on the seventh hole; The chef served us a beautiful roast of beef.
wonderful; very pleasing or satisfying.
the concept of beauty (usually preceded by the).
(used with a plural verb) beautiful things or people collectively (usually preceded by the):
the good and the beautiful.
the ideal of beauty (usually preceded by the):
to strive to attain the beautiful.
wonderful; fantastic:
You got two front-row seats? Beautiful!
extraordinary; incredible: used ironically:
Your car broke down in the middle of the freeway? Beautiful!
Contemporary Examples

I saw her a number of times over there, and she was beautiful.
The Calamitous Castros: What We Know About Ariel Castro’s Brothers and Mother Steve Miller May 8, 2013

“I used to hang out at this school… because I was in love with the most beautiful teacher I ever knew,” he told the students.
Biden Grilled by Fifth-Graders Alex Pasternack May 10, 2009

You have a beautiful name, by the way… This interview has been edited and condensed.
Maya Angelou: How I Write Noah Charney April 9, 2013

He meets Mike with his getaway bag and car out in a beautiful park.
The 17 Most Iconic Scenes in ‘Breaking Bad’ (VIDEO) Tricia Romano September 28, 2013

Who needs pitch when your voice “goes in and out” of “beautiful colors”?
Paula Abdul’s 8 Craziest Moments The Daily Beast Video August 4, 2009

Historical Examples

He made a beautiful 34 convalescence and a perfect recovery.
The Goat-gland Transplantation Sydney B. Flower

What is the use of a beautiful face, if one must be shut up in her own apartment for ever?
Philothea Lydia Maria Child

There was no object upon which his eyes could rest, which was not beautiful.
Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo E. Phillips Oppenheim

We therefore camped for the night, with beautiful feed for the horses.
Explorations in Australia John Forrest

You get a beautiful view of the sunset from that window, Mrs. Blondelle.
Cruel As The Grave Mrs. Emma D. E. N. Southworth

adjective
possessing beauty; aesthetically pleasing
highly enjoyable; very pleasant: the party was beautiful
adj.

mid-15c., from beauty + -ful. The beautiful people “the fashionable set” first attested 1964 in (where else?) “Vogue” (it also was the title of a 1941 play by U.S. dramatist William Saroyan). House Beautiful is from “Pilgrim’s Progress,” where it is a proper name of a place. Related: Beautifully.

interjection

An exclamation of approval and gratification (mid-1800s+)

noun

A good-looking woman •Used in direct address: Where’ve you been all my life, beautiful? (1920s+)

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