- The definition of beauty is the quality that provides pleasure to the senses or to the mind by behavior or attitude.
An attractive young lady, a stunning flower and a mother cat taking care of her kittens are all examples of beauty.
The beauty of a flower.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- the quality attributed to whatever pleases or satisfies the senses or mind, as by line, color, form, texture, proportion, rhythmic motion, tone, etc., or by behavior, attitude, etc.
- a thing having this quality
- good looks
- a very good-looking woman
- any very attractive feature
Origin: Middle English beaute ; from Old French bealte ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form bellitas ; from Classical Latin bellus, pretty, lovely
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noun pl. beau·ties
- The quality that gives pleasure to the mind or senses and is associated with such properties as harmony of form or color, excellence of artistry, truthfulness, and originality.
- One that is beautiful, especially a beautiful woman.
- A quality or feature that is most effective, gratifying, or telling: The beauty of the venture is that we stand to lose nothing.
- An outstanding or conspicuous example: “Hammett's gun went off. The shot was a beauty, just slightly behind the eyes” (Lillian Hellman).
Origin: Middle English beaute, from Old French biaute, from Vulgar Latin *bellitās, from Latin bellus, pretty; see deu-2 in Indo-European roots.