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



    BrE BrE//ˈlʌvli//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlʌvli//
    (lovelier, loveliest) You can also use more lovely and most lovely. (especially British English) Attractiveness, Kind
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  1. 1  beautiful; attractive lovely countryside/eyes/flowers She looked particularly lovely that night. He has a lovely voice. 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
  2. 2  (informal) very enjoyable and pleasant; wonderful ‘Can I get you anything?’ ‘A cup of tea would be lovely.’ What a lovely surprise! How lovely to see you! Isn't it a lovely day? We've had a lovely time. It's a lovely old farm. It's been lovely having you here. (ironic) You've got yourself into a lovely mess, haven't you? Synonymswonderfullovely delightfulThese words all describe an experience, feeling or sight that gives you great pleasure.wonderful that you enjoy very much; that gives you great pleasure; extremely good:We had a wonderful time last night. The weather was absolutely wonderful.lovely (rather informal, especially British English) that you enjoy very much; that gives you great pleasure; very attractive:What a lovely day! (= the weather is very good) It’s been lovely having you here.delightful that gives you great pleasure; very attractive:a delightful little fishing villagewonderful, lovely or delightful? All these words can describe times, events, places, sights, feelings and the weather. Wonderful can also describe a chance or ability. Lovely is the most frequent in spoken British English, but in North American English wonderful is the most frequent, both spoken and written. Delightful is used especially to talk about times, events and places.Patterns wonderful/​lovely/​delightful weather/​views/​scenery It’s wonderful/​lovely to be/​feel/​find/​have/​know/​see… It would be wonderful/​lovely/​delightful if… It’s wonderful/​lovely that… That sounds wonderful/​lovely/​delightful. really/​quite/​absolutely wonderful/​lovely/​delightful
  3. 3  (informal) (of a person) very kind, generous and friendly Her mother was a lovely woman. See related entries: Kind
  4. Very lovely is not very common and is only used about the physical appearance of a person or thing.
    Word OriginOld English luflic (see love, -ly).Extra examples She looked really lovely in the blue dress. She’s got an absolutely lovely face. The cool water felt lovely after being in the hot sun. Your idea of a day on the beach sounds lovely. a hauntingly lovely melody It was a lovely evening—calm and still. It’s a lovely old farmhouse. It’s been lovely having you here. It’s lovely and warm in here. We had a lovely day. We travelled through some lovely countryside. You’ve got lovely eyes. You’ve got yourself into a lovely mess, haven’t you? a lovely cool drinkIdioms
    lovely and warm, cold, quiet, etc.
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    (British English, informal) used when you are emphasizing that something is good because of the quality mentioned It's lovely and warm in here.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: lovely