beauty

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English bewty, bewte, beaute, bealte, from Anglo-Norman and Old French beauté (early Old French spelling biauté), from Vulgar Latin *bellitās (beauty), from Latin bellus (beautiful, fair); see beau. In this sense, mostly displaced native Old English fæġernes, whence Modern English fairness.

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Noun[edit]

beauty (countable and uncountable, plural beauties)

  1. The quality of being (especially visually) attractive, pleasing, fine or good-looking; comeliness.
    • 1818, John Keats, “Book I”, in Endymion: A Poetic Romance, London: [] [T. Miller] for Taylor and Hessey, [], OCLC 1467112, lines 1–5, page 3:
      A thing of beauty is a joy for ever: / Its loveliness increases; it will never / Pass into nothingness; but still will keep / A bower quiet for us, and a sleep / Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.
    • 1887, H. Rider Haggard, She: A History of Adventure[1]:
      `Say, hast thou seen enough!' `I have looked on beauty, and I am blinded,' I said hoarsely, lifting my hand to cover up my eyes.
    • 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.
    • 1932, Delos W. Lovelace, King Kong, published 1965, page 152:
      "The aviators didn't get him," Denham replied slowly. "What?" "It was Beauty. As always Beauty killed the Beast."
    • 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.
    What a goal! That was a real beauty!
  4. An excellent or egregious example of something.
    He got into a fight and ended up with two black eyes – two real beauties!
  5. (with the definite article) The excellence or genius of a scheme or decision.
    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.
    • 1653, Jeremy Taylor, Twenty-five Sermons preached at Golden Grove; being for the Winter Half-year, "The Marriage Ring"
      She stained her hair yellow, which was then the beauty.
  9. (archaic, in the plural) Beautiful passages or extracts of poetry.

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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Descendants[edit]

  • Cebuano: byuti

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Interjection[edit]

beauty

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

Adjective[edit]

beauty (comparative more beauty, superlative most beauty)

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

Verb[edit]

beauty (third-person singular simple present beauties, present participle beautying, simple past and past participle beautied)

  1. (obsolete, transitive) To make beautiful.

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English beauty.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈbjuː.ti/
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  • 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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