• enPR: lŭv′lēnəs, IPA: /ˈlʌvlinəs/


  1. (uncountable) The property of being lovely, of attractiveness, beauty, appearing to be lovable.
    • 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.
  2. (countable) The result of being lovely.
  3. (zoology, collective) A group of ladybirds.
    • 2016, David Mark, Dead Pretty, Hachette UK, page 10 ↗
      'A loveliness of ladybirds,' whispers Roisin to her sleeping child, and looks at her husband proudly. He grins back. 'Aye, the plague of last summer. Couldn't pick up a glass of lemonade without finding a hundred ladybirds using it as a bubble-bath.'
    • 2018, Natalie Rompella, The World Never Sleeps, Tilbury House, p18 ↗
      A loveliness of ladybugs is enjoying lunch - little aphids that pepper a crop of soybeans.
    • 2019, Jayne Fresina, A Loveliness of Ladybirds, Twisted-E Publishing LLC, page 71 ↗
      Sparks of sunlight caught on a loveliness of ladybirds that had floated into the waiting room through an open door.

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