- Beautiful; charming; very pleasing in form, looks, tone, or manner.
- It's a lovely day and the sun is shining.
- The music box plays a lovely melody.
- The castle garden enchants visitors with its lovely blooms.
- Robert of Brunne
- Not one so fair of face, of speech so lovely.
- Very nice, wonderful.
- It would be lovely to have a little more money to spend.
- (obsolete) Inspiring love or friendship; amiable.
- a most lovely gentlemanlike man
- (obsolete) Loving, filled with love.
- Many a lovely look on them he cast.
- a lovely kiss
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lovely (plural lovelies)
- An attractive, lovely person, especially a (professional) beauty.
- a calendar depicting young lovelies in bikinis
- Term of fond address.
- Goodbye, my lovely.
- A lovely object. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
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.