beauteous

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English beauteuous, bewteose, beautuous, boyteous, beuteus, beuteowse, bewtyuows, equivalent to beauty +‎ -ous and/or beauty +‎ -eous.

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Adjective[edit]

beauteous (comparative more beauteous, superlative most beauteous)

  1. (archaic) beautiful
    • 1609, William Shakespeare, "Sonnet 34", The Sonnets
      Why didst thou promise such a beauteous day
      And make me travel forth without my cloak,
      To let base clouds o'ertake me in my way,
      Hiding thy bravery in their rotten smoke?