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1. Having qualities that delight or appeal to the senses and often the mind.
2. Excellent; wonderful: hit a beautiful shot from the tee.
Used to express approval or delight.

beau′ti·ful·ly adv.
beau′ti·ful·ness n.
Synonyms: beautiful, lovely, pretty, handsome, comely, fair1
All these adjectives apply to what excites aesthetic admiration. Beautiful is most comprehensive and applies to mental appreciation as well as sensual delight: a beautiful child; a beautiful painting; a beautiful mathematical proof. Lovely also has wide application but stresses sensual enjoyment or emotional response over critical faculties: a lovely fragrance; the lovely feel of silk; greeted us with a lovely smile. What is pretty is beautiful in a delicate or graceful way: a pretty face; a pretty song; a pretty dress. Handsome stresses poise and dignity of form and proportion: a handsome, oak-paneled library."She is very pretty, but not so extraordinarily handsome" (William Makepeace Thackeray).
Comely suggests wholesome physical attractiveness: "Mrs. Hurd is a large woman with a big, comely, simple face" (Ernest Hemingway).
Fair emphasizes freshness or purity: "In the highlands, in the country places, / Where the old plain men have rosy faces, / And the young fair maidens / Quiet eyes" (Robert Louis Stevenson).
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1. possessing beauty; aesthetically pleasing
2. highly enjoyable; very pleasant: the party was beautiful.
ˈbeautifulness n
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(ˈbyu tə fəl)

1. having beauty; delighting the senses or mind.
2. excellent of its kind; wonderful; remarkable: a beautiful putt on the seventh hole.
3. beautiful things or people collectively.
4. (often used ironically) wonderful; excellent; remarkable.
the beautiful,
beau′ti•ful•ly, adv.
syn: beautiful, handsome, lovely, pretty refer to a pleasing appearance. beautiful is used of a person or thing that gives intense pleasure to the senses; it may refer to a woman but rarely to a man: a beautiful landscape; a beautiful actress. handsome often implies stateliness or pleasing proportions and symmetry; it is used of a man and sometimes a woman: a handsome sofa; a handsome man. That which is lovely is beautiful in a warm and endearing way: a lovely smile. pretty usu. suggests a moderate beauty in persons or things that are small or feminine: a pretty blouse; a pretty child.
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The following words can all be used to describe someone who is nice to look at:

1. 'attractive', 'gorgeous' and 'good-looking'

Attractive and gorgeous are also used to describe young children, but good-looking is not.

She had grown into a chubby attractive child, with a mop of auburn curls like her mother's.
2. 'handsome'

Handsome is used more often to describe men than women. It is used to describe any man who has regular, pleasant features. However, it is only used to describe women when their features are large and regular rather than small and delicate.

He was a tall, dark, and undeniably handsome man.
In the 1930's the ideal woman was classically handsome rather than childishly pretty.
3. 'beautiful' and 'pretty'

Beautiful and pretty are generally used to describe women and children rather than men. Only very young boys are described as pretty, not older boys, because this word implies a delicate, feminine appearance.

...a beautiful young girl with long hair.
Our mother was laughing and looking pretty and happy.
'Such a pretty baby,' clucked Mrs Morrison.
4. 'stunning'

You can also describe a woman as stunning, especially when she has made herself look particularly attractive or is wearing very attractive clothes.

An onlooker said the bride looked stunning in a full-length ivory dress.
5. degree of beauty

If you say that someone is beautiful, you are implying that they are nicer to look at than if you said they were attractive, good-looking, handsome, or pretty. If you say that someone is gorgeous or stunning, you mean that they are extremely nice to look at.

Be Careful!
You can describe someone's appearance by saying that they look nice or look wonderful, but if you call someone a nice man or a wonderful woman, or say that they are nice or are wonderful, you are describing their character, not their appearance. Similarly, lovely is more often used to describe someone's character than their appearance.

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.beautiful - delighting the senses or exciting intellectual or emotional admirationbeautiful - delighting the senses or exciting intellectual or emotional admiration; "a beautiful child"; "beautiful country"; "a beautiful painting"; "a beautiful theory"; "a beautiful party"
attractive - pleasing to the eye or mind especially through beauty or charm; "a remarkably attractive young man"; "an attractive personality"; "attractive clothes"; "a book with attractive illustrations"
graceful - characterized by beauty of movement, style, form, or execution
pleasing - giving pleasure and satisfaction; "a pleasing piece of news"; "pleasing in manner and appearance"
ugly - displeasing to the senses; "an ugly face"; "ugly furniture"
2.beautiful - (of weather) highly enjoyablebeautiful - (of weather) highly enjoyable; "what a beautiful day"
pleasant - affording pleasure; being in harmony with your taste or likings; "we had a pleasant evening together"; "a pleasant scene"; "pleasant sensations"
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2. bright, clear, fine, summery, unclouded, sunshiny, without a cloud in the sky It was a beautiful morning
3. wonderful, great, excellent, superb, marvellous, sensational (informal), mega (slang), cracking (Brit. informal), awesome (slang), topping (Brit. slang), world-class, first-rate, brill (informal), mean (slang) That's a beautiful shot!
wonderful bad, terrible, awful
"Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless; peacocks and lilies for instance" [John Ruskin Stones of Venice]
"I never saw an ugly thing in my life: for let the form of an object be what it may, - light, shade, and perspective will always make it beautiful" [John Constable]
"Things are beautiful if you love them" [Jean Anouilh Mademoiselle Colombe]
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[ˈbjuːtɪfʊl] ADJhermoso, bello, lindo (esp LAm)
what a beautiful house!¡qué casa más preciosa!
the beautiful peoplela gente guapa
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[ˈbjuːtɪfʊl] adj
[woman, baby, place, day] → très beau(belle)
[weather] → superbe, magnifique
[performance] → superbebeautiful game n (= football) the beautiful game → le football
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adjschön; weather, morning also, idea, mealherrlich, wunderbar; (= good) swimmer, swimming, organization, piece of workhervorragend, wunderbar; that’s a beautiful specimendas ist ein Prachtexemplar; the beautiful peopledie Schickeria; beautiful!prima! (inf), → toll! (inf)
the beautifuldas Schöne
(inf) hello, beautifulhallo, schönes Kind
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[ˈbjuːtɪfʊl] adjbello/a, splendido/a
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(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.
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جَمِيل krásný smuk schön όμορφος precioso kaunis beau lijep bello 美しい 아름다운 mooi vakker piękny bonito красивый vacker สวยงาม güzel đẹp 美丽
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a. hermoso-a, bello-a.
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References in classic literature ?
Then I should have chosen a career for myself, I should have been a sluggard and a glutton, not a simple one, but, for instance, one with sympathies for everything sublime and beautiful. How do you like that?
While some declared that it sufficed for a slave to be beautiful, others, and Khacan was among the number, maintained that beauty alone was not enough, but that it must be accompanied by wit, wisdom, modesty, and, if possible, knowledge.
One day two impostors arrived who gave themselves out as weavers, and said that they knew how to manufacture the most beautiful cloth imaginable.
Another, of young people, was grouped round the beautiful Princess Helene, Prince Vasili's daughter, and the little Princess Bolkonskaya, very pretty and rosy, though rather too plump for her age.
Again, a beautiful object, whether it be a living organism or any whole composed of parts, must not only have an orderly arrangement of parts, but must also be of a certain magnitude; for beauty depends on magnitude and order.
A BEAUTIFUL Old Man, meeting a Sunday-school Pupil, laid his hand tenderly upon the lad's head, saying: "Listen, my son, to the words of the wise and heed the advice of the righteous."
"That is true," said Vivaldo; and as he was about to read another paper of those he had preserved from the fire, he was stopped by a marvellous vision (for such it seemed) that unexpectedly presented itself to their eyes; for on the summit of the rock where they were digging the grave there appeared the shepherdess Marcela, so beautiful that her beauty exceeded its reputation.
It was thus he had succeeded in approaching several times the beautiful and proud Anne of Austria, and in making himself loved by dazzling her.
There were seven hundred of these cages hanging in the castle, and all with beautiful birds in them.
Who would not give all else for two p ennyworth only of beautiful Soup?
Here and there over the grass stood beautiful flowers like stars, and there were twelve peach-trees that in the spring-time broke out into delicate blossoms of pink and pearl, and in the autumn bore rich fruit.
But our love it was stronger by far than the love Of those who were older than we - Of many far wiser than we - And neither the angels in Heaven above Nor the demons down under the sea Can ever dissever my soul from the soul Of the beautiful ANNABEL LEE: -