1. having beauty; possessing qualities that give great pleasure or satisfaction to see, hear, think about, etc.; delighting the senses or mind: a beautiful dress; a beautiful speech.
  2. excellent of its kind: a beautiful putt on the seventh hole; The chef served us a beautiful roast of beef.
  3. wonderful; very pleasing or satisfying.


  1. the concept of beauty (usually preceded by the).
  2. (used with a plural verb) beautiful things or people collectively (usually preceded by the): the good and the beautiful.
  3. the ideal of beauty (usually preceded by the): to strive to attain the beautiful.


  1. wonderful; fantastic: You got two front-row seats? Beautiful!
  2. extraordinary; incredible: used ironically: Your car broke down in the middle of the freeway? Beautiful!


  1. possessing beauty; aesthetically pleasing
  2. highly enjoyable; very pleasantthe party was beautiful

mid-15c., from beauty + -ful. The beautiful people “the fashionable set” first attested 1964 in (where else?) “Vogue” (it also was the title of a 1941 play by U.S. dramatist William Saroyan). House Beautiful is from “Pilgrim’s Progress,” where it is a proper name of a place. Related: Beautifully.

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