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beau·ty

 (byo͞o′tē)
n. pl. beau·ties
1. A quality or combination of qualities that gives pleasure to the mind or senses and is often associated with properties such as harmony of form or color, proportion, authenticity, and originality.
2. One that is beautiful, especially a beautiful woman.
3. A quality or feature that is most effective, gratifying, or telling: The beauty of the venture is that we stand to lose nothing.
4. An outstanding or conspicuous example: The golf shot was a beauty, stopping a foot from the hole.

[Middle English beaute, from Old French biaute, from Vulgar Latin *bellitās, from Latin bellus, pretty; see deu- in Indo-European roots.]

beauty

(ˈbjuːtɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. the combination of all the qualities of a person or thing that delight the senses and please the mind
2. a very attractive and well-formed girl or woman
3. informal an outstanding example of its kind: the horse is a beauty.
4. informal an advantageous feature: one beauty of the job is the short hours.
5. informal old-fashioned a light-hearted and affectionate term of address: hello, my old beauty!.
interj
an expression of approval or agreement. Also (Scot, Austral, and NZ): you beauty
[C13: from Old French biauté, from biau beautiful; see beau]

beau•ty

(ˈbyu ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. the quality present in a person or thing that gives intense aesthetic pleasure or deep satisfaction to the mind or the senses.
2. a beautiful person, esp. a woman.
3. a beautiful thing, as a work of art.
4. Often, beauties. something that is beautiful in nature or in some natural or artificial environment.
5. a particular advantage: One of the beauties of this plan is its low cost.
6. (often used ironically) something remarkable or excellent: a beauty of a bruise.
7. Physics. the quantum property assigned to a bottom quark.
[1225–75; Middle English be(a)ute, bealte < Old French beaute, early Old French beltet < Vulgar Latin *bellitātem, acc. of *bellitās= Latin bell(us) fine + -itās -ity]

Beauty


the beautification of a person, usually a male.
1. a specialist in aesthetics.
2. a proponent of aestheticism.
the doctrine that the principles of beauty are basic and that other principles (the good, the right) are derived from them, applied especially to a late 19th-century movement to bring art into daily life. See also art.
a branch of philosophy dealing with beauty and the beautiful. — aesthetic, n., adj.aesthetical, adj.
the art or practice of the beautification of the skin, hair, or nails. — cosmetologist, n.cosmetological, adj.
a lover of beauty. — philocaly, n.
physical beauty, especially that of women. — pulchritudinous, adj.

Beauty

 

See Also: BEAUTY, DEFINED; FACE; PHYSICAL APPEARANCE

  1. (He was) all beauty, as the sun is all light —Phyllis Bottome
  2. Beautiful and faded like an old opera tune played upon a harpsichord —Amy Lowell
  3. Beautiful and freckled as a tiger lily —O. Henry
  4. Beautiful as a feather in one’s cap —Thomas Carlyle
  5. (He is) beautiful as a law of chemistry —Robert Penn Warren
  6. Beautiful as a motherless fawn —Bruce De Silva
  7. Beautiful as an angel —William Paterson
  8. Beautiful as an icon —Rachel Ingalls
  9. Beautiful as an illusion —Angela Carter
  10. Beautiful as a prince in a fairy story —Mary Lee Settle
  11. Beautiful as a rainbow —John Dryden
  12. Beautiful as a well-handled tool —Stephen Vincent Benét
  13. Beautiful as a woman’s blush and as evanescent too —Letitia Landon
  14. (For he was) beautiful as day —Lord Byron
  15. Beautiful as fire —Ambrose Bierce
  16. Beautiful as honey poured from a jar —People book review
  17. (There was a woman) beautiful as morning —Percy Bysshe Shelley
  18. Beautiful as nature in the spring —O. S. Wondersford
  19. Beautiful as sky and earth —John Greenleaf Whittier
  20. (She was as) beautiful as the devil, and twice as dangerous —Dashiell Hammett
  21. Beautiful as youth —Dollie Radford
  22. Beautiful … like a dream of youth —Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  23. Beauty … extraordinary, as if it were painted —Anita Brookner
  24. Beauty in a woman’s face, like sweetness in a woman’s lips, is a matter of taste —M. W. Little
  25. Beauty is as good as ready money —German proverb
  26. Beauty is striking as deformity is striking —Edmund Burke
  27. Beauty, like a lantern’s light, will shine outward from within him —George Garrett
  28. Beauty … like fine cutlery —John Gardner
  29. Donned beauty like a robe —Iris Murdoch
  30. Exquisite as the jam of the gods —Tennessee Williams
  31. Fair as a lily —Diaphenia

    One of the most popular and enduring flower/beauty comparisons.

  32. Fair as any rose —Christina Rossetti
  33. Fair as a star —William Wordsworth
  34. Fair as heaven or freedom won —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  35. Fair as is the rose in May —Geoffrey Chaucer
  36. Fair as marble —Percy Bysshe Shelley
  37. Fairer than the morning star —Oscar Wilde
  38. A fair face without a fair soul is like a glass eye that shines and sees nothing —John Stuart Blackie
  39. Gorgeous as Aladdin’s cave —Eleanor Mercein Kelly
  40. (In the dingy park) her beauty fled as swiftly as the marmalade kitten had leapt from her grasp —William Trevor
  41. Her beauty was as cool as this damp breeze, as the moist softness of her own lips —F. Scott Fitzgerald
  42. He’s as pretty as those long-defunct lover-gods —Charles Simic
  43. (A novel that would be as) lovely as a Persian carpet, and as unreal —Oscar Wilde
  44. Lovely as Spring’s first rose —William Wordsworth
  45. Lovely as the evening moon —Amy Lowell
  46. Outstanding beauty, like outstanding gifts of any kind, tends to get in the way of normal emotional development, and thus of that particular success in life which we call happiness —Milton R. Sapirstein
  47. Pretty as a diamond flush —Alfred Henry Lewis
  48. (Face …) pretty as a greeting card —Donald E. Westlake
  49. Pretty as a new-laid egg —American colloquialism, attributed to Midwest
  50. (There sat Mary) pretty as a rose —Jump Rope Rhyme
  51. Pretty as a spotted pony —American colloquialism, attributed to Southeast
  52. Pretty as a spotted pup —Mary Hood
  53. Pretty as a wax doll —Katherine Mansfield
  54. Pretty as the carved face on a … cameo —Davis Grubb
  55. Pretty like children on their birthdays —Truman Capote
  56. Shed beauty like winter trees —George Garrett
  57. She walks in beauty like the night —Lord Byron

    A timeless and much quoted Byron line. It continues with “Of cloudless nights and starry skies.”

  58. She was lovely as a flower, and, like a flower, she passed away —Richard Le Gallienne
  59. There is in true beauty, as in courage, something which narrow souls cannot dare to admire —William Congreve

    In the original manuscript of The Old Bachelor the word ‘something’ was ‘somewhat.’

  60. A thing of beauty is a joy forever —John Keats

    A Keats classic that embodies the rule that when it comes to including or implying ‘like’ or ‘as,’ discretion is best.

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.beauty - the qualities that give pleasure to the senses
appearance, visual aspect - outward or visible aspect of a person or thing
raw beauty - beauty that is stark and powerfully impressive
resplendence, resplendency, glory - brilliant radiant beauty; "the glory of the sunrise"
exquisiteness - extreme beauty of a delicate sort
picturesqueness - visually vivid and pleasing
pleasingness - an agreeable beauty that gives pleasure or enjoyment; "the liveliness and pleasingness of dark eyes"- T.N. Carver
pulchritude - physical beauty (especially of a woman)
glamor, glamour - alluring beauty or charm (often with sex-appeal)
beauteousness, comeliness, loveliness, fairness - the quality of being good looking and attractive
cuteness, prettiness - the quality of being appealing in a delicate or graceful way (of a girl or young woman)
good looks, handsomeness - the quality of having regular well-defined features (especially of a man)
attractiveness - sexual allure
ugliness - qualities of appearance that do not give pleasure to the senses
2.beauty - a very attractive or seductive looking womanbeauty - a very attractive or seductive looking woman
adult female, woman - an adult female person (as opposed to a man); "the woman kept house while the man hunted"
3.beauty - an outstanding example of its kindbeauty - an outstanding example of its kind; "his roses were beauties"; "when I make a mistake it's a beaut"
exemplar, good example, example, model - something to be imitated; "an exemplar of success"; "a model of clarity"; "he is the very model of a modern major general"

beauty

noun
2. good-looker, looker (informal, chiefly U.S.), lovely (slang), sensation, dazzler, belle, goddess, Venus, peach (informal), cracker (slang), wow (slang, chiefly U.S.), dolly (slang), knockout (informal), heart-throb, stunner (informal), charmer, smasher (informal), humdinger (slang), glamour puss She is known as a great beauty.
3. (Informal) advantage, good, use, benefit, profit, gain, asset, attraction, blessing, good thing, utility, excellence, boon the beauty of such water-based minerals
advantage disadvantage, flaw, detraction
Quotations
"A thing of beauty is a joy forever;"
"Its loveliness increases; it will never"
"Pass into nothingness" [John Keats Endymion]
"If you get simple beauty and nought else,"
"You get about the best thing God invents" [Robert Browning Fra Lippo Lippi]
"`Beauty is truth, truth beauty,' - that is all"
"Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know" [John Keats Ode on a Grecian Urn]
"The truth isn't always beauty, but the hunger for it is" [Nadine Gordimer A Bolter and the Invincible Summer]
"It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness" [Leo Tolstoy The Kreutzer Sonata]
"Beauty vanishes; beauty passes" [Walter de la Mare Epitaph]
"Beauty is a precious trace that eternity causes to appear to us and that it takes away from us" [Eugène Ionesco Present Past - Past Present]
"Beauty is the moment of transition, as if the form were just ready to flow into other forms" [Ralph Waldo Emerson The Conduct of Life]
"Beauty is mysterious as well as terrible. God and devil are fighting there, and the battlefield is the heart of man" [Fedor Dostoevsky The Brothers Karamazov]
"All changed, changed utterly;"
"A terrible beauty is born" [W.B. Yeats Easter 1916]
"Beauty is feared, more than death" [William Carlos Williams Paterson]
"Beauty halts and freezes the melting flux of nature" [Camille Paglia Sexual Personae]
"Beauty is no quality in things themselves. It exists merely in the mind which contemplates them" [David Hume Essays, Moral, Political, and Literary]
"Ask a toad what is beauty ...; he will answer that it is a female with two great round eyes coming out of her little head, a large flat mouth, a yellow belly and a brown back" [Voltaire Philosophical Dictionary]
"I always say beauty is only sin deep" [Saki (H.H. Munro) Reginald]
"Beauty is nothing other than the promise of happiness" [Stendhal On Love]
"beauty: the power by which a woman charms a lover and terrifies a husband" [Ambrose Bierce The Devil's Dictionary]
"Beauty is all very well at first sight; but who ever looks at it when it has been in the house three days?" [George Bernard Shaw Man and Superman]
"Beauty is an ecstasy; it is as simple as hunger. There is really nothing to be said about it" [W.Somerset Maugham Cakes and Ale]
Proverbs
"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder"
"Beauty is only skin deep"

beauty

noun
1. A person regarded as physically attractive:
belle (used of a woman), lovely, stunner.
Slang: babe, doll, hunk (used of a man), knockout, looker, stud (used of a man).
2. A special feature or quality that confers superiority:
Translations
جَمالحَسْناءشَيء جَميل
krásakrasavicekráskanádhera
skønhedpragteksemplar
kauneus
ljepota
csodás vmiszépség
fegurîfögur konagersemi
美しさ
미인
gražuolėgražusgražus gamtos kampelisgrožio karalienėgrožis
daiļumsīsts skaistulisskaistuleskaistulisskaistums
frumuseţe
kráska
lepota
skönhet
ความงาม
güzellikhurinefis şeygüzelgüzel şey
vẻ đẹp

beauty

[ˈbjuːtɪ]
A. N
1. (= quality) → belleza f, hermosura f
the beauty of it is thatlo mejor de esto es que ...
that's the beauty of iteso es lo que tiene de bueno
beauty is in the eye of the beholdertodo es según el cristal con que se mira
beauty is only skin-deepla belleza no lo es todo, la belleza es algo sólo superficial
2. (= person, thing) → belleza f, preciosidad f
isn't he a little beauty? (= child) → ¡mira qué rico es el niño!
she's no beautyno es ninguna belleza
Beauty and the Beastla Bella y la Bestia
it's a beautyes una preciosidad
that was a beauty! (= stroke etc) → ¡qué golpe más fino!
3. beauties (= attractions) → maravillas fpl
the beauties of Majorcalas maravillas de Mallorca
B. CPD beauty competition, beauty contest Nconcurso m de belleza
beauty consultant Nesteticista mf
beauty cream Ncrema f de belleza
beauty editor Ndirectora f de la sección de belleza
beauty parlour, beauty parlor (US) Nsalón m de belleza
beauty product Nproducto m de belleza
beauty queen Nreina f de la belleza
beauty salon Nsalón m de belleza
beauty sleep N (hum) → primer sueño m
I need my beauty sleepnecesito dormir mis horas (para luego estar bien)
beauty spot N (on face) → lunar m postizo; (in country) → lugar m pintoresco

beauty

[ˈbjuːti] n
(= loveliness) [person, place] → beauté f
the beauties of the countryside → les beautés de la campagne
(= good thing) the beauty of it is that ... → ce qu'il y a de bien, c'est que ...
That's the beauty of it. Any fool can make this → Ce qu'il y a de bien, c'est que n'importe quel imbécile peut le faire.
(= beautiful woman) → beauté f
My mother was no beauty → Ma mère n'était pas une beauté.beauty competition nconcours m de beautébeauty contest nconcours m de beautébeauty pageant n (US)concours m de beautébeauty parlour (British) beauty parlor (US) ninstitut m de beautébeauty queen nreine f de beautébeauty salon ninstitut m de beautébeauty shop n (US)institut m de beautébeauty sleep nsommeil m réparateur (qui restaure la beauté)
to need one's beauty sleep
I need my beauty sleep → Il me faut ma dose de sommeil.
to get one's beauty sleep → récupérer en dormantbeauty spot n
(on skin)grain m de beauté
(British) (in countryside)site m pittoresque

beauty

n
Schönheit f; beauty is only skin-deep (prov) → der äußere Schein kann trügen; beauty is in the eye of the beholder (Prov) → schön ist, was (einem) gefällt
(= beautiful person)Schönheit f; Beauty and the Beastdie Schöne und das Tier
(= good example)Prachtexemplar nt; isn’t it a beauty!ist das nicht ein Prachtstück or Prachtexemplar?
(= pleasing feature) the beauty of it is that …das Schöne or Schönste daran ist, dass …; that’s the beauty of itdas ist das Schöne daran; one of the beauties of this job is …eine der schönen Seiten dieser Arbeit ist …

beauty

in cpdsSchönheits-;
beauty care
nKosmetik f no pl, → Schönheitspflege f
beauty competition, beauty contest
beauty mark
beauty parlour, (US) beauty parlor
beauty queen
beauty salon, beauty shop
beauty sleep
n (hum)Schlaf m
beauty specialist
nKosmetiker(in) m(f)
beauty spot
n
Schönheitsfleck m; (= patch also)Schönheitspflästerchen nt
(= place)schönes or hübsches Fleckchen (Erde), schöner or hübscher Fleck
beauty treatment

beauty

[ˈbjuːtɪ]
1. n (concept) → bello; (of person, thing) → bellezza
beauty is in the eye of the beholder → non è bello ciò che è bello, è bello ciò che piace
the beauty of it is that ... → il bello è che...
his car's a beauty! (fam) → ha una macchina che è una meraviglia or una bellezza!
2. adj (consultant, counter) → di bellezza

beauty

(ˈbjuːti) plural ˈbeauties noun
1. a quality very pleasing to the eye, ear etc. Her beauty is undeniable.
2. a woman or girl having such a quality. She was a great beauty in her youth.
3. something or someone remarkable. His new car is a beauty!
ˈbeautiful adjective
a beautiful woman; Those roses are beautiful.
ˈbeautifully adverb
ˈbeautify (-fai) verb
to make beautiful. She beautified the room with flowers.
beauty queen
a girl or woman who is voted the most beautiful in a contest.
ˈbeauty salon noun
(also American beauty parlor, ~beauty shop) a place where customers have cosmetic treatment.
beauty spot
1. a place of great natural beauty. a famous beauty spot.
2. a mark (often artificial) on the face, intended to emphasize beauty.

beauty

جَمال krása skønhed Schönheit ομορφιά belleza kauneus beauté ljepota bellezza 美しさ 미인 schoonheid skjønnhet piękność beleza красота skönhet ความงาม güzellik vẻ đẹp 美景

beauty

n. belleza, hermosura, beldad; beautify;
vt. embellecer.
References in classic literature ?
Her long, thick hair was her one beauty, but it was usually bundled into a net, to be out of her way.
The beginning of the most materialistic age in the history of the world, when wars would be fought without patrio- tism, when men would forget God and only pay attention to moral standards, when the will to power would replace the will to serve and beauty would be well-nigh forgotten in the terrible headlong rush of mankind toward the acquiring of possessions, was telling its story to Jesse the man of God as it was to the men about him.
There is in some of these papers a description of the idol, which is not exactly a beauty, judged from modern standards.
There was nothing subtle or hidden about her charms; her beauty was all there, flaming and apparent: the spun-gold hair that comb nor confining pin could restrain; the blue eyes that were like nothing but sapphires; two lips that pouted, that were so red one could only think of cherries or some other delicious crimson fruit in looking at them.
As he repassed the females, he paused a moment to gaze upon their beauty, answering to the smile and nod of Alice with a look of open pleasure.
Go on, Beauty," said my master, and he gave me a touch with the whip, but I dare not stir; he gave me a sharp cut; I jumped, but I dare not go forward.
And at this time a rumour came to the ears of the King Dingaan that there lived in Swaziland among the Halakazi tribe a girl of the most wonderful beauty, who was named the Lily, and whose skin was whiter than are the skins of our people, and he desired greatly to have this girl to wife.
A charming old Italian writer has laid down the canons of perfect feminine beauty with much nicety in a delicious discourse, which, as he delivered it in a sixteenth- century Florentine garden to an audience of beautiful and noble ladies, an audience not too large to be intimate and not too small to be embarrassing, it was his delightful good fortune and privilege to illustrate by pretty and sly references to the characteristic beauties of the several ladies seated like a ring of roses around him.
In the midst was seen A lady of a more majestic mien, By stature and by beauty mark'd their sovereign Queen.
The girl grew up with such beauty that it reminded us of her mother's, which was very great, and yet it was thought that the daughter's would exceed it; and so when she reached the age of fourteen to fifteen years nobody beheld her but blessed God that had made her so beautiful, and the greater number were in love with her past redemption.
A woman is anxious to exhibit her form and shape, whether walking, standing, sitting, or even sleeping; even when represented as a picture, she desires most of all to set off the blandishments of her beauty, and thus rob men of their steadfast heart
When a woman has five grown-up daughters, she ought to give over thinking of her own beauty.