beauty
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ˈbjuːti/
    • (America) IPA: /ˈbjuɾi/
  • (Norfolk) IPA: /ˈbuːti/
  • (Norfolk) homophones en
Noun

beauty

  1. The quality of being (especially visually) attractive, pleasing, fine or good-looking; comeliness.
    • 1818, John Keats, “Book I”, in Endymion: A Poetic Romance, London: Printed [by T. Miller] for Taylor and Hessey, […], OCLC 1467112 ↗, lines 1–5, page 3 ↗:
      A thing of beauty is a joy for ever: / Its loveliness increases; it will never / Pass into nothingness; but still will keep / A bower quiet for us, and a sleep / Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.
    • 1900, Charles W. Chesnutt, The House Behind the Cedars, Chapter I,
      Warwick's first glance had revealed the fact that the young woman was strikingly handsome, with a stately beauty seldom encountered.
    • 1988, "… beauty and recollection, like danger, glamour, greed, hunger- everything but disappointment and desire- were concepts belonging to other people.” -Second Son, Robert Ferro
  2. Someone who is beautiful.
    Brigitte Bardot was a renowned beauty.
  3. Something that is particularly good or pleasing.
    What a goal! That was a real beauty!
  4. An excellent or egregious example of something.
  5. (with the definite article) The excellence or genius of a scheme or decision.
    The beauty of the deal is it costs nothing!
  6. (particle, obsolete) A beauty quark (now called bottom quark).
  7. Beauty treatment; cosmetology.
  8. (obsolete) Prevailing style or taste; rage; fashion.
    • She stained her hair yellow, which was then the beauty.
  9. (archaic, in the plural) Beautiful passages or extracts of poetry.
Synonyms Antonyms Translations Translations
  • German: (nominalized adjective) Schöner
  • Portuguese: beleza
  • Russian: краса́вец
  • Spanish: guapo
Translations Translations Interjection
  1. (Canada) Thanks!
  2. (Canada) Cool!
    It's the long weekend. Beauty!
Adjective

beauty

  1. (Canada) Of high quality, well done.
    He made a beauty pass through the neutral zone.
Verb

beauty (beauties, present participle beautying; past and past participle beautied)

  1. (obsolete, transitive) To make beautiful.



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