Definition of beauty in English:

beauty

noun

  • 1[mass noun] A combination of qualities, such as shape, colour, or form, that pleases the aesthetic senses, especially the sight:

    ‘I was struck by her beauty’
    ‘an area of outstanding natural beauty’
    • ‘Life in a setting of such spectacular natural and man-made beauty, with rooms that come and go as one pleases, seems an impossible fantasy.’
    • ‘Weathered rocks in all shapes, sizes, and color added to natural beauty of the serene surrounding.’
    • ‘York residents as well as visitors to the city can now get to North Yorkshire's national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty without the need for a car.’
    • ‘It's an hour before sunset, and the late light reveals the colours and beauty of the monumental sandstone faces, which glow red and pink and cast long purple shadows.’
    • ‘The entire place inside was built to stimulate the senses with such aesthetic beauty.’
    • ‘In this new exhibition, John's love of colour and natural beauty comes to the fore.’
    • ‘The place, in fact, is an abundance of tropical islands of spectacular colour and beauty.’
    • ‘In the spirit of romantic aestheticism, beauty in the natural environment was seen to inspire enlightenment through cultural expression.’
    • ‘The study of literature and art shape our sense of beauty.’
    • ‘This should be done in such a way as to preserve the natural scenic beauty of the area, such as had been achieved on Royal Oak Road near the entrance to the town's Industrial Park.’
    • ‘A great number of oaks aged over 500 years provide an abundance of aesthetic beauty, wonderful shapes and amazing structures.’
    • ‘Thus, they both create a thing of beauty and colour and shape and movement out of the void; they create fireworks.’
    • ‘The sizes and shapes were unfamiliar to them, but their beauty was a welcome sight.’
    • ‘My initial reaction to this was a sense that here aesthetic beauty came perilously close to swamping the work, as if it were too rich for its own good.’
    • ‘Arriving at Town Lake for the first time, I was struck by the natural beauty of this dammed section of the Colorado river.’
    • ‘The estuary it overlooks has been designated an area of outstanding natural beauty and in winter, Canada geese and hooper swans from Greenland come to visit.’
    • ‘The gilding and frills of the eighteenth century were stripped away in favor of the natural beauty of materials and shapes.’
    • ‘Although it was now late in the evening, the overhead lighting picked out the colours and enhance their shape and beauty with the shadows of the night that fell outside the glare.’
    • ‘At first sight, there is beauty, Kant explains, as there is sublimity in natural objects and in their artistic imitation.’
    • ‘It is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty and we hope it will attract visitors for generations to come.’
    landmark, place of interest, thing worth seeing, distinctive feature, prominent feature, monument, spectacle, scene, view, area, landscape, display, show, exhibition, curiosity, rarity, marvel, wonder, splendour
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    1. 1.1 A combination of qualities that pleases the intellect:
      ‘the artistry and beauty of football’
      • ‘There are some genuine moments of intellectual beauty in the series - if you watch out for the character Elfayed, you'll see what I mean.’
      • ‘Someone once pointed out that the supreme beauty of football, like other games, lies in its sheer pointlessness.’
      • ‘But during my learnings, I discovered that I appreciated the artistic beauty of military firearms.’
      • ‘Our notions of order and disorder stand in stark contrast to the dynamic artistry of the integral beauty of things as they are in nature.’
      • ‘How unfortunate, then that in highlighting the raw beauty of flamenco, Gatlif forgot include a credible plot.’
      • ‘They were also supposed to let out their intellectual beauty for a couple of minutes at the end.’
      • ‘Not like a physical attribute, but rather a deeper, more artistic beauty.’
      • ‘High-school students are eager and willing to learn physics for its own sake, once they recognize the intellectual beauty of the subject.’
      • ‘The Company asserts this is hardly the case; it is a wonderfully light, oftentimes slow-burning film of little depth but terrific artistic beauty.’
      • ‘It champions their main cinematic goals of creating intelligent beauty, of mixing the literal with lushness.’
      • ‘Scenery, images of Ganesha and Saraswathi and scenes from the epics have been woven with artistic beauty.’
      • ‘In one hand he held a helmet in the shape of a griffin's head, in the other a glaive, forged with such artistic beauty that Jeremy couldn't imagine it being used as a mere weapon.’
      • ‘The artist conjures resonant beauty from the starkest of sounds.’
      • ‘And yet one cannot deny the intellectual and moral beauty of Voltaire's too hopeful undertaking.’
      • ‘Taking data management to a new level of artistic beauty is the new demand and requirement to become compliant with new and emerging industry regulations.’
      • ‘Furthermore he argues that the idea of proportion cannot be extended to moral and intellectual beauty.’
      • ‘Along with The Extended Phenotype made me understnad the intellectual beauty of Darwinism; and gave me the subject for my first half-decent book.’
      • ‘The higher artistic realm of beauty, like the higher social order of nobility, was beyond his grasp.’
      • ‘The Phenomen can argue that he cannot be that every time he pulls on a pair of boots; Brazil can argue that they are not the definition of football beauty every time the whistle blows.’
      • ‘Rather than the attraction to Lauren, Abhidar had been attracted to her intellectual beauty rather than physical.’
      attractiveness, prettiness, good looks, pleasingness, comeliness, allure, allurement
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    2. 1.2[as modifier] Denoting something intended to make someone more attractive:
      ‘beauty treatment’
      • ‘Here in our new premises we now have nine beauty treatment rooms and two air conditioned sunbed rooms.’
      • ‘Kuja couldn't reveal her true motive, so she said she'd sell it to buy more beauty products, as what the others said.’
      • ‘Start by using essential oils and scents like jasmine or ginger in your baths, massage treatments and beauty products.’
      • ‘To the rescue: a brigade of wonderfully warming beauty products and treatments that will leave your skin and hair in top condition.’
      • ‘There were also stalls offering beauty treatments and products, allergy testing, information about cosmetic dentistry and advice on how to lose weight and give up smoking.’
      • ‘Two-thirds in Yorkshire go to wine bars and wear high heels - significantly above the national average - while a quarter have beauty treatments.’
      • ‘According to the survey, 83 per cent of the women said they were willing to spend at least as much as last year, or even more on skin care and other beauty products.’
      • ‘Anne receives a Bosch Dishwasher along with lots of goodies including shopping vouchers, beauty treatments and a year's supply of household products.’
      • ‘Five runners-up will receive a beauty treatment and complimentary makeover.’
      • ‘There are also beauty treatments for ‘lifting’ face and body.’
      • ‘We want to hear your beauty secrets: the products you can't do without, the ones that have crept into your bathroom cabinets over the past year or so, and are so good that they refuse to go away.’
      • ‘Would you buy a beauty product from a movie star considered one of the most attractive women in China?’
      • ‘I have always been dismissive of organic beauty products, perhaps because I am old enough to remember them as being relentlessly brown, along with rice and sandals.’
      • ‘Health and beauty treatments will also be available.’
      • ‘Thousands of women in Indonesia have become victims of a trendy beauty treatment called the silicone injection, long outlawed in most developed countries.’
      • ‘Both Neil and Mark need to listen to some blunt expert advice if they are to launch beauty products that the customer finds attractive.’
      • ‘We shop at the same stores, he uses more beauty products than I do and is more attuned to fashionable circles than I am.’
      • ‘The success of her ethically responsible health and beauty products depended on how people saw themselves, how they wanted others to see them, and how others actually did see them.’
      • ‘New spa treatments and beauty products - from shampoos to shower gels smell just like the real thing.’
      • ‘At the risk of sounding like a reverse sexist, I don't particularly care for shopping, chick flicks or comparing beauty products.’
  • 2A beautiful woman:

    ‘she was considered a great beauty in her youth’
    ‘he arrived with a blonde beauty on his arm’
    • ‘Across the aisle, six blonde beauties also celebrating a birthday laughed too loud and drank champagne.’
    • ‘The Miss Bulgaria 2001 beauty contest gathered together 33 sparkling beauties from all parts of the country on Sunday.’
    • ‘If selecting a beauty queen from the current beauties was so problematic, imagine the hazards in selecting ‘all time’ beauty queens.’
    • ‘You either decide to remain a brunette beauty, or go blonde.’
    • ‘Perfectly coifed beauties arrive on schedule for their evening amusements; crown princes are whisked to their Tower suites in private elevators.’
    • ‘She's an odd duck, to be sure, not a beauty nor a standout a mousy bad dresser who twirls her hair and sniffles all the time.’
    • ‘Not only that, Visconti needed a dark beauty while Fellini wanted me to be blonde.’
    • ‘The platinum blonde American was doing what legendary beauties did best in those days - living the life of a committed hedonist.’
    • ‘I'm not one of those tall, long-legged blonde, redhead, or ravenhaired beauties with green or blue eyes and a figure to kill for.’
    • ‘Moreover, he was a billionaire, he dated numerous Hollywood beauties; married three of them and remained a recluse most of his life.’
    • ‘Find out the latest fashion statements as ravishing beauties from Bangalore in exotic outfits gang up to jinx you.’
    • ‘There she was, my best friend's sister, not a classic beauty, but a beauty none the less.’
    • ‘Many of the companies are like professional beauties in a beauty pageant, with figurative knives in each other's back.’
    • ‘Don't miss the beauties who were pictured in last week's Nationalist.’
    beautiful woman, belle, vision, charmer, enchantress, venus, goddess, beauty queen, english rose, picture, seductress
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    1. 2.1 An excellent example of something:
      ‘the fish was a beauty, around 14 pounds’
      • ‘As we survey these beauties and discuss their medicinal virtues, please do not get too carried away with notions of utilitarianism.’
      • ‘The level of quality here is therefore really high, many of the items are brand name and all are beauties, in excellent condition, and timely as per current retro.’
      • ‘In fact, it is a beauty fished off the beach or rocks.’
      • ‘That said, this man against Mother Nature story is a realbeauty, with incredible audio to match.’
      • ‘Mahan's tee shot is a beauty down the left side of the fairway.’
      • ‘Even if you don't fish, check out these beauties at the J.D. Wagner web page.’
      • ‘We were pleased to come up with two beauties we haven't seen since we started birding, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher and American Redstart.’
      • ‘As an architectural beauty it is one of the worst examples of its era.’
    2. 2.2the beauties of The pleasing or attractive features of (something):
      ‘the beauties of the English countryside’
      • ‘It will rob you of a sense of the beauties of life.’
      • ‘The COC Orchestra did full justice to the many beauties of the score and the chorus sounded robust.’
      • ‘Now, I have been very curious to inspect the late productions, wherein the beauties of this kind have most prominently appeared.’
      • ‘Given Francis's later commitment to the beauties of the natural world, this passage seems strange indeed.’
      • ‘This work, glorious in its breadth and deep communicative essence, is one of the beauties of the catalog.’
      • ‘One of the beauties of android is that when you download an app, it shows you everything that the app has access too.’
      • ‘I also lament people who ignore the beauties of the English countryside - excepting the itinerant rambler and the American tourist.’
      • ‘One of the beauties of English is that it has available a practice which seems to conflate movement and stillness, unfolding and accomplishment.’
      • ‘Jane truly loved the beauties of the natural world-the birds she photographed, the fish that swam in her pond, the trees that grew in her garden.’
      • ‘Once again let the expert guidance help you enjoy the natural and cultural beauties of Nepal.’
    3. 2.3[in singular] The best aspect or advantage of something:
      ‘the beauty of keeping cats is that they don't tie you down’
      • ‘But the beauty of this disc lies in the subtlety.’
      • ‘This is the beauty of the position: I don't see what Black can do to achieve real play!’
      • ‘That's the beauty of wearing your dark shades during a social exchange you find less than thrilling, no one sees what you're thinking by reading your eyes.’
      • ‘The beauty of this book is that Allen pulls no punches as he tackles the difficult topics, and that Schumacher's response is to give as good as he gets.’
      • ‘That's the beauty of hidden assets: They turn size and experience into an advantage over newcomers.’
      • ‘Regardless of the somewhat touristy aspect, the beauty of learning in a class environment is that it removes the male-determined version of sexy.’
      • ‘That's the beauty of a band - everyone pulls his own weight.’
      • ‘The frame is usually fully expressed on the interior of the building to take advantage of the beauty of the timber frame joinery.’
      • ‘It is rare to see this much theatre performed in one evening, and the beauty of the Lorca Trilogy is that the plays may be viewed together, yet stand on their own as individual productions.’
      • ‘That's the beauty of where Apple has positioned itself.’
      • ‘The beauty of the storm means her self-esteem is strong.’
      • ‘Take the whole family on a walk around the neighborhood or to a trail for a hike and take advantage of the beauty of nature.’
      • ‘I saw immediately the benefit, the beauty of the movement, the efficiency and the marriage.’
      • ‘It was my father who drew my attention to the beauty of its message of redemption in the days when I was an agnostic.’
      • ‘The beauty of the Hollywood Plus is that the system requirements are not very taxing at all.’
      • ‘That's the beauty of leverage and the big attraction of property.’
      • ‘However the beauty of the FAI Cup is that its foundations are built on the possibility of David slaying Goliath, so we, the supporters, will travel in hope.’
      • ‘The beauty of this aspect to Aphex is that he always remembers to shove a melody in there, even if it's hidden beneath layers of tinfoil hammered percussion and walls of groaning sequencers.’
      • ‘The beauty of the marble skin was one aspect of the building that nineteenth-century visitors to Agra frequently celebrated.’
      • ‘That's the beauty of it: I think we can get there.’
      advantage, attraction, strength, benefit, asset, draw, lure, pull, strong point, boon, blessing, virtue, merit, selling point, good point, good thing, bonus, plus, added extra
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adjective

Australian, NZ
informal
  • Good; excellent (used as a general term of approval).

    • ‘That's beauty mate, and a nice fish too!’

Phrases

  • beauty and the beast

    • Used in reference to two people, one of whom is regarded as much more attractive than the other:

      ‘writers have dubbed the couple, cruelly, as the beauty and the beast’
      [as modifier] ‘sceptics made much of the age gap and potential intellectual differences, while the author himself bristled at ‘beauty and the beast’ references in the press’
  • beauty is in the eye of the beholder

    • proverb That which one person finds beautiful or admirable may not appeal to another.

      • ‘As for the beautiful color of the giraffe indicating design and not natural selection, I would simply point out that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.’
      • ‘There is an old saying that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but on a new matchmaking web site that officially launched today, the beholders also hold the keys to the kingdom.’
      • ‘Of course, if asked, these guys might say, as any good American individualist would, that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.’
      • ‘I do understand their appeal and, after all is said and done, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.’
      • ‘I've opened with orchids and pansies but beauty is in the eye of the beholder.’
      • ‘They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and that art has no boundaries.’
      • ‘It is an art, certainly, and its beauty is in the eye of the beholder.’
      • ‘If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, the significance and importance of an exhibition is in the eye of the art critic.’
      • ‘Plus, we all know that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.’
      • ‘A lot of people who know nothing about art say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.’
  • beauty is only skin-deep

    • proverb A pleasing appearance is not a guide to character.

      • ‘We don't need the actresses of this world to tell us that beauty is only skin-deep or that, shock, horror, the ageing process is irreversible.’
      • ‘After all, critics reminded their readers, beauty is only skin-deep.’
      • ‘Sure, I've kissed all the good-looking ones (and realised CLEO was right - beauty is only skin-deep).’
      • ‘Beauty is only skin deep, it has no power to measure anything else, and it has different power levels on different people.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French beaute, based on Latin bellus beautiful, fine.

Pronunciation:

beauty

/ˈbjuːti/