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beauty Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun the qualities that give pleasure to the senses
  2. noun a very attractive or seductive looking woman
    sweetheart; peach; knockout; lulu; smasher; stunner; ravisher; mantrap; dish; looker.
  3. noun an outstanding example of its kind
    beaut.
    • his roses were beauties
    • when I make a mistake it's a beaut
WordNet

Beau"ty noun
Etymology
OE. beaute, beute, OF. beauté, biauté, Pr. beltat, F. beauté, fr. an assumed LL. bellitas, from L. bellus pretty. See Beau.
Wordforms
plural Beauties
Definitions
  1. An assemblage or graces or properties pleasing to the eye, the ear, the intellect, the æsthetic faculty, or the moral sense.
    Beauty consists of a certain composition of color and figure, causing delight in the beholder. Locke.
    The production of beauty by a multiplicity of symmetrical parts uniting in a consistent whole. Wordsworth.
    The old definition of beauty, in the Roman school, was, "multitude in unity;" and there is no doubt that such is the principle of beauty. Coleridge.
  2. A particular grace, feature, ornament, or excellence; anything beautiful; as, the beauties of nature.
  3. A beautiful person, esp. a beautiful woman.
    All the admired beauties of Verona. Shak.
  4. Prevailing style or taste; rage; fashion. Obs.
    She stained her hair yellow, which was then the beauty. Jer. Taylor.

Webster 1913