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From Middle English gorgeouse, a borrowing from Middle French gorgias (elegant, fashionable), from Old French gourgias, gorgias (gorgeous, gaudy, flaunting, gallant, fine), of uncertain origin, but apparently connected with Old French gorgias (a gorget, ruffle for the neck), from Old French gorge (bosom, throat). See gorge. Semantic evolution probably akin to "swelling of the throat or bosom due to pride, bridling up" to "assume an air of importance, flaunting".



gorgeous (comparative more gorgeous, superlative most gorgeous)

  1. (of a person or place) Very beautiful.
    All the contest judges agreed that Brigitt was absolutely gorgeous.
    The sunsets in Hawaii are gorgeous.
    • 2006, Noire [pseudonym], Thug-A-Licious: An Urban Erotic Tale, New York, N.Y.: One World/Ballantine Books, →ISBN, page 21:
      Carmiesha "Lil' Muddah" Vernoy had been with me since back in the day. She was more than a dime piece. She was drop-dead gorgeous and had the best pussy in the world.
  2. (rare) Very enjoyable, pleasant, tasty, etc.
    Hummus is absolutely gorgeous.


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