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.
You got two front-row seats? Beautiful!
extraordinary; incredible: used ironically:
Your car broke down in the middle of the freeway? Beautiful!
possessing beauty; aesthetically pleasing
highly enjoyable; very pleasant: the party was beautiful
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.
An exclamation of approval and gratification (mid-1800s+)
A good-looking woman •Used in direct address: Where’ve you been all my life, beautiful? (1920s+)
(often used ironically) something or someone beautiful, remarkable, or amazing. Historical Examples You havent had a good pair of horns yet, and that fellow has some beauts. Jack Ranger’s Gun Club Clarence Young “They are ‘beauts,’ all of them, and I’ll give them a good chance to spread themselves,” said Sam. The Fat of the […]
to make or become beautiful. Historical Examples Decoration is the science and art of beautifying objects and rendering them more pleasing to the eye. Scientific American Supplement, No. 598, June 18, 1887 Various She will do her own beautifying work, and everybody will know her sign. My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year John Henry […]
- Beauty and the beast
beauty and the beast A French fairy tale about a beautiful and gentle young woman who is taken to live with a man-beast in return for a good deed the Beast did for her father. Beauty is kind to the well-mannered Beast but pines for her family until the Beast allows her to visit them. […]
any of various shrubs of the genus Callicarpa, of southern North America, as C. americana, having clusters of bluish flowers and purple, berrylike fruit.