American English

Definition of beauty noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (pl. beauties)
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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/treatments (= 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.
  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. Idioms
    beauty is in the eye of the beholder (saying)
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    people all have different ideas about what is beautiful
    beauty is only skin-deep (saying)
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    how a person looks is less important than their character
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: beauty