beauty

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Anglo-Norman and Old French beauté (early Old French spelling biauté), from Vulgar Latin *bellitās (beauty), from Latin bellus (beautiful, fair); see beau.

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Noun[edit]

beauty (countable and uncountable, plural beauties)

  1. The property, quality or state of being "that which pleases merely by being perceived" (Aquinas); that which is attractive, pleasing, fine or good looking; comeliness.
    • 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.
    That phrasing is a beauty.
    What a goal, what a beauty.
  4. An excellent or egregious example of something.
  5. (with the definite article) The excellence, e.g. the genius
    The beauty of the deal is it costs nothing!
  6. (physics, obsolete) A beauty quark (now called bottom quark).
  7. Beauty treatment; cosmetology.
  8. (obsolete) Prevailing style or taste; rage; fashion.
    • Jeremy Taylor
      She stained her hair yellow, which was then the beauty.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Adjectives often applied to "beauty": natural, great, real, physical, exotic, inner, spiritual, strange, divine, visual, heavenly, intellectual, facial, attractive, sensuous, sensual, seductive, musical, austere, alluring, mathematical, geometric, astounding, bodily, pictorial.

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beauty

  1. (Canada) Thanks! Cool!
    It's the long weekend. Beauty!

Adverb[edit]

beauty (comparative more beauty, superlative most beauty)

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

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from English

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Hyphenation: beau‧ty

Noun[edit]

beauty f (plural beauty's, diminutive beauty'tje n)

  1. A beauty, looker, beautiful person
  2. A beautiful other creature or thing
    Die prachtige hengst is al net zo'n beauty als z'n ruiter
    That gorgeous stallion is as much of a beauty as his rider
  3. Human beauty, as the object or goal of cosmetics etc.

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