Definition of beauty noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈbjuːti//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbjuːti//
    (pl. beauties) Attractiveness
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  1. 1  [uncountable] the quality of being pleasing to the senses or to the mind the beauty of the sunset/of poetry/of his singing a woman of great beauty The woods were designated an area of outstanding natural beauty. beauty products/treatment (= intended to make a person more beautiful) The sheer beauty of the scenery took my breath away.
  2. 2[countable] a person or thing that is beautiful She had been a beauty in her day. See related entries: Attractiveness
  3. 3[countable] an excellent example of its type That last goal was a beauty!
  4. 4[countable] a pleasing feature synonym advantage One of the beauties of living here is that it's so peaceful. The project will require very little work to start up; that's the beauty of it.
  5. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French beaute, based on Latin bellus ‘beautiful, fine’.Extra examples He met a blonde beauty named Cindy. Her art challenges conventions of feminine beauty. Her beauty faded as she got older. Isn’t she a little beauty? My new car’s a real beauty! She was a contestant in the Miss World beauty pageant. She was known as a great beauty in her time. She was still a radiant beauty. She works in a beauty salon. The beauty of the city amazed her. The film argues that inner beauty, not physical appearance, is most important. The film-maker magnificently captures the beauty of the changing seasons. There is a stark beauty to the desert terrain. They took a walk, enjoying the beauty of the landscape. They were captivated by the ethereal beauty of the music. an area of breathtaking beauty an exotic beauty with raven hair the classical beauty of her face the timeless beauty of this ancient landscape She was a woman of great beauty. The woods were designated an area of outstanding natural beauty. We all admired the beauty of the sunset. We stock a wide range of beauty products.Idioms
    beauty is in the eye of the beholder
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    (saying) people all have different ideas about what is beautiful
    beauty is only skin-deep
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    (saying) how a person looks is less important than their character
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: beauty