Definition of beautiful adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈbjuːtɪfl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbjuːtɪfl//
    Attractiveness, Female attractiveness
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  1. 1  having beauty; pleasing to the senses or to the mind a beautiful woman/face/baby/voice/poem/smell/evening beautiful countryside/weather/music She looked stunningly beautiful that night. What a beautiful thing to say! Synonymsbeautifulpretty handsome attractive lovely good-looking gorgeousThese words all describe people who are pleasant to look at.beautiful (especially of a woman or girl) very pleasant to look at:She looked stunningly beautiful that night.pretty (especially of a girl or woman) pleasant to look at:She’s got a very pretty face. Pretty is used most often to talk about girls. When it is used to talk about a woman, it usually suggests that she is like a girl, with small, delicate features.handsome (of a man) pleasant to look at; (of a woman) pleasant to look at, with large strong features rather than small delicate ones:He was described as ‘tall, dark and handsome’.attractive (of a person) pleasant to look at, especially in a sexual way:She’s a very attractive woman.lovely (of a person) beautiful; very attractive:She looked particularly lovely that night. When you describe somebody as lovely, you are usually showing that you also have a strong feeling of affection for them.good-looking (of a person) pleasant to look at, often in a sexual way:She arrived with a very good-looking man.gorgeous (informal) (of a person) extremely attractive, especially in a sexual way:You look gorgeous!attractive or good-looking? If you describe somebody as attractive you often also mean that they have a pleasant personality as well as being pleasant to look at; good-looking just describes somebody’s physical appearance.Patterns a(n) beautiful/​pretty/​handsome/​attractive/​lovely/​good-looking/​gorgeous girl/​woman a(n) beautiful/​handsome/​attractive/​good-looking/​gorgeous boy/​man a(n) beautiful/​pretty/​handsome/​attractive/​lovely/​good-looking face See related entries: Attractiveness, Female attractiveness
  2. 2  very good or skilful What beautiful timing!
  3. Extra examples ‘They’re just beautiful,’ breathed Jo, when she saw the earrings. He found her exquisitely beautiful. Her features were classically beautiful, with perfectly structured high cheekbones. I remember her as pretty, almost beautiful. She didn’t need make-up. She was naturally beautiful. She was never considered beautiful at school. The designs were pure, austere and coldly beautiful. We did all we could to make the room beautiful. a hauntingly beautiful melody She had a classically beautiful face. We sat and listened to the beautiful music. What a beautiful baby!
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: beautiful