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From Middle English bewteful, beautefull (“attractive to the eye, beautiful”), equivalent to beauty + -ful. In this sense, largely displaced Old English fæġer (whence fair).
- (UK) enPR: byo͞oʹtĭ-fəl, IPA(key): /ˈbjuːtɪ.fəl/, /ˈbjuːtɪ.fʊl/
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- (US) IPA(key): /ˈbju.tɪ.fəl/, [bju.ɾə.fəl]
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- Hyphenation: beau‧ti‧ful
beautiful (comparative more beautiful, superlative most beautiful)
- Attractive and possessing beauty.
- 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 5, in The China Governess:
- It's rather like a beautiful Inverness cloak one has inherited. Much too good to hide away, so one wears it instead of an overcoat and pretends it's an amusing new fashion.
- 2016, VOA Learning English (public domain):
- It is a beautiful kitchen! — It is beautiful.
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- Anyone who has ever met her thought she was absolutely beautiful.
- There's a beautiful lake by the town.
- Good, admirable.
- He was a beautiful person; he would drop everything to help you.
- You've done a beautiful thing today.
- (of the weather) Pleasant; clear.
- It's beautiful outside, let's go for a walk.
- Well executed.
- The skater performed a beautiful axel.
- When used to refer to human appearance, the word is more commonly used for women, with handsome being more common for men, though neither is incorrect. For a man, beautiful could connote a more delicate or androgynous appearance.
- The comparatives beautifuler and beautifuller, and the superlatives beautifulest and beautifullest have also occasionally been used, but are nonstandard.
- (possessing charm and attractive): beauteous, attractive, cute, fair, good-looking, gorgeous, sheen, handsome, hot (slang), lovely, nice-looking, pretty, shapely, fit (slang)
- (of the weather): clear, fine, nice, pleasant, sunny
- (well executed): excellent, exceptional, good, great, marvellous/marvelous, perfect, stylish, wonderful
- (ironic: how unfortunate): great, marvellous/marvelous, nice, very nice, wonderful (any of these can be prefixed with an intensifier such as bloody, damned or just)
- See also Thesaurus:beautiful
- (possessing charm and attractive): grotesque, hideous, homely, plain, misshapen, repulsive, ugly; unbeautiful
- (of the weather): bad, cloudy, dull, miserable, overcast, rainy, wet
- (well executed): average, bad, mediocre, poor, shoddy, substandard, terrible, weak
- See also Thesaurus:beautiful woman
possessing charm and attractive
of weather: pleasant, clear
ironic: how unfortunate
beautiful (plural beautifuls)
- Someone who is beautiful. Can be used as a term of address.
- The man was faithful to his wife, ignoring the many blonde beautifuls who surrounded him wherever he went.
- Hey, beautiful!
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