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’
    • ‘At first sight, there is beauty, Kant explains, as there is sublimity in natural objects and in their artistic imitation.’
    • ‘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 entire place inside was built to stimulate the senses with such aesthetic beauty.’
    • ‘Weathered rocks in all shapes, sizes, and color added to natural beauty of the serene surrounding.’
    • ‘The gilding and frills of the eighteenth century were stripped away in favor of the natural beauty of materials and shapes.’
    • ‘Arriving at Town Lake for the first time, I was struck by the natural beauty of this dammed section of the Colorado river.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Thus, they both create a thing of beauty and colour and shape and movement out of the void; they create fireworks.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the spirit of romantic aestheticism, beauty in the natural environment was seen to inspire enlightenment through cultural expression.’
    • ‘The place, in fact, is an abundance of tropical islands of spectacular colour and beauty.’
    • ‘In this new exhibition, John's love of colour and natural beauty comes to the fore.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘It is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty and we hope it will attract visitors for generations to come.’
    • ‘The study of literature and art shape our sense of beauty.’
    • ‘A great number of oaks aged over 500 years provide an abundance of aesthetic beauty, wonderful shapes and amazing structures.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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. 1.1A combination of qualities that pleases the intellect.
      ‘the artistry and beauty of football’
      • ‘It champions their main cinematic goals of creating intelligent beauty, of mixing the literal with lushness.’
      • ‘Along with The Extended Phenotype made me understnad the intellectual beauty of Darwinism; and gave me the subject for my first half-decent book.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Not like a physical attribute, but rather a deeper, more artistic beauty.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And yet one cannot deny the intellectual and moral beauty of Voltaire's too hopeful undertaking.’
      • ‘The Company asserts this is hardly the case; it is a wonderfully light, oftentimes slow-burning film of little depth but terrific artistic beauty.’
      • ‘Furthermore he argues that the idea of proportion cannot be extended to moral and intellectual beauty.’
      • ‘High-school students are eager and willing to learn physics for its own sake, once they recognize the intellectual beauty of the subject.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The higher artistic realm of beauty, like the higher social order of nobility, was beyond his grasp.’
      • ‘But during my learnings, I discovered that I appreciated the artistic beauty of military firearms.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Scenery, images of Ganesha and Saraswathi and scenes from the epics have been woven with artistic beauty.’
      • ‘Rather than the attraction to Lauren, Abhidar had been attracted to her intellectual beauty rather than physical.’
      • ‘They were also supposed to let out their intellectual beauty for a couple of minutes at the end.’
      • ‘Someone once pointed out that the supreme beauty of football, like other games, lies in its sheer pointlessness.’
      • ‘The artist conjures resonant beauty from the starkest of sounds.’
      • ‘How unfortunate, then that in highlighting the raw beauty of flamenco, Gatlif forgot include a credible plot.’
    2. 1.2[as modifier]Denoting something intended to make someone more attractive.
      ‘beauty treatment’
      • ‘Would you buy a beauty product from a movie star considered one of the most attractive women in China?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Anne receives a Bosch Dishwasher along with lots of goodies including shopping vouchers, beauty treatments and a year's supply of household products.’
      • ‘Thousands of women in Indonesia have become victims of a trendy beauty treatment called the silicone injection, long outlawed in most developed countries.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘At the risk of sounding like a reverse sexist, I don't particularly care for shopping, chick flicks or comparing beauty products.’
      • ‘Both Neil and Mark need to listen to some blunt expert advice if they are to launch beauty products that the customer finds attractive.’
      • ‘Two-thirds in Yorkshire go to wine bars and wear high heels - significantly above the national average - while a quarter have beauty treatments.’
      • ‘New spa treatments and beauty products - from shampoos to shower gels smell just like the real thing.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We shop at the same stores, he uses more beauty products than I do and is more attuned to fashionable circles than I am.’
      • ‘Kuja couldn't reveal her true motive, so she said she'd sell it to buy more beauty products, as what the others said.’
      • ‘Health and beauty treatments will also be available.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Here in our new premises we now have nine beauty treatment rooms and two air conditioned sunbed rooms.’
      • ‘To the rescue: a brigade of wonderfully warming beauty products and treatments that will leave your skin and hair in top condition.’
      • ‘There are also beauty treatments for ‘lifting’ face and body.’
      • ‘Five runners-up will receive a beauty treatment and complimentary makeover.’
      • ‘Start by using essential oils and scents like jasmine or ginger in your baths, massage treatments and beauty products.’
  • 2A beautiful woman.

    ‘she was considered a great beauty in her youth’
    ‘he arrived with a blonde beauty on his arm’
    • ‘Perfectly coifed beauties arrive on schedule for their evening amusements; crown princes are whisked to their Tower suites in private elevators.’
    • ‘Find out the latest fashion statements as ravishing beauties from Bangalore in exotic outfits gang up to jinx you.’
    • ‘You either decide to remain a brunette beauty, or go blonde.’
    • ‘Many of the companies are like professional beauties in a beauty pageant, with figurative knives in each other's back.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There she was, my best friend's sister, not a classic beauty, but a beauty none the less.’
    • ‘Across the aisle, six blonde beauties also celebrating a birthday laughed too loud and drank champagne.’
    • ‘Don't miss the beauties who were pictured in last week's Nationalist.’
    • ‘Moreover, he was a billionaire, he dated numerous Hollywood beauties; married three of them and remained a recluse most of his life.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If selecting a beauty queen from the current beauties was so problematic, imagine the hazards in selecting ‘all time’ beauty queens.’
    • ‘The Miss Bulgaria 2001 beauty contest gathered together 33 sparkling beauties from all parts of the country on Sunday.’
    beautiful woman, belle, vision, charmer, enchantress, venus, goddess, beauty queen, english rose, picture, seductress
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    1. 2.1An excellent example of something.
      ‘the fish was a beauty, around 14 pounds’
      • ‘Even if you don't fish, check out these beauties at the J.D. Wagner web page.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Mahan's tee shot is a beauty down the left side of the fairway.’
      • ‘We were pleased to come up with two beauties we haven't seen since we started birding, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher and American Redstart.’
      • ‘That said, this man against Mother Nature story is a realbeauty, with incredible audio to match.’
      • ‘In fact, it is a beauty fished off the beach or rocks.’
      • ‘As an architectural beauty it is one of the worst examples of its era.’
    2. 2.2The pleasing or attractive features of (something)
      ‘the beauties of the English countryside’
      • ‘I also lament people who ignore the beauties of the English countryside - excepting the itinerant rambler and the American tourist.’
      • ‘Given Francis's later commitment to the beauties of the natural world, this passage seems strange indeed.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘One of the beauties of English is that it has available a practice which seems to conflate movement and stillness, unfolding and accomplishment.’
      • ‘This work, glorious in its breadth and deep communicative essence, is one of the beauties of the catalog.’
      • ‘It will rob you of a sense of the beauties of life.’
      • ‘One of the beauties of android is that when you download an app, it shows you everything that the app has access too.’
      • ‘Now, I have been very curious to inspect the late productions, wherein the beauties of this kind have most prominently appeared.’
      • ‘The COC Orchestra did full justice to the many beauties of the score and the chorus sounded robust.’
    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.’
      • ‘The beauty of the Hollywood Plus is that the system requirements are not very taxing at all.’
      • ‘I saw immediately the benefit, the beauty of the movement, the efficiency and the marriage.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 it: I think we can get there.’
      • ‘The beauty of the storm means her self-esteem is strong.’
      • ‘This is the beauty of the position: I don't see what Black can do to achieve real play!’
      • ‘That's the beauty of where Apple has positioned itself.’
      • ‘It was my father who drew my attention to the beauty of its message of redemption in the days when I was an agnostic.’
      • ‘That's the beauty of a band - everyone pulls his own weight.’
      • ‘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 frame is usually fully expressed on the interior of the building to take advantage of the beauty of the timber frame joinery.’
      • ‘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 hidden assets: They turn size and experience into an advantage over newcomers.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘That's the beauty of leverage and the big attraction of property.’

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.

      • ‘Plus, we all know that 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.’
      • ‘A lot of people who know nothing about art say 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Of course, if asked, these guys might say, as any good American individualist would, that 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.’
      • ‘It is an art, certainly, and its 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.’
      • ‘I've opened with orchids and pansies but beauty is in the eye of the beholder.’
  • beauty is only skin-deep

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

      • ‘After all, critics reminded their readers, beauty is only skin-deep.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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/