Etymology 1 
- (obsolete) Inspiring actual love
- Evoking love-like, happy emotions by aesthetic or similar endearing qualities.
- The lovely castle garden enchants visitors with its lovely blooms and romantic follies
- Very nice, wonderful in a general sense.
- (obsolete) Loving, filled with love
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lovely (plural lovelies)
Etymology 2 
From Middle English lovely, loflik, from Old English loflīc (“fit to be praised, laudable”), equivalent to lofe + -ly. Cognate with Dutch loffelijk (“laudable, praiseworthy”), German löblich (“commendable, laudable, praiseworthy”), Swedish lovlig (“permissible”). More at lofe, love.