Definition of lovely in US English:

lovely

adjectiveloveliest, lovelier

  • 1Exquisitely beautiful.

    ‘lovely views’
    ‘you have lovely eyes’
    • ‘Even when she was sick, Hector decided she looked quite lovely.’
    • ‘Out back there was a lovely big garden with an orchard and a greenhouse.’
    • ‘This addition to the lake will add much to the area and will attract more people to view its lovely scenery.’
    • ‘Emma is a really lovely girl, always smiling.’
    • ‘He could see that Carmen had indeed been quite lovely a couple decades earlier.’
    • ‘However, I will often look at an article that my lovely wife recommends.’
    • ‘He had taken a lovely, sweet, beautiful girl and hurt her terribly, all in the name of revenge.’
    • ‘The rooms are all comfortable, with lovely views out over Perthshire and down to the loch that gives the hotel its name.’
    • ‘The building looks lovely at the moment.’
    • ‘The cabins were located on the side of hill with lots of deck room, clean amenities inside and lovely views.’
    • ‘She realised that now, confronted with this vast expanse of lovely, beautiful space.’
    • ‘We have indulged in some mountain biking and hiking here which is always rewarded with lovely views.’
    • ‘And there it is, lovely to behold.’
    • ‘Now he had a very lovely lady on his arm.’
    • ‘My, don't you look absolutely lovely in that dress.’
    • ‘It's in a fantastic location on the coast, with sea-views out of one side, and views over a lovely lake from the other.’
    • ‘Many lovely images were produced and participants were delighted with their craft work.’
    • ‘The sun had set, and the sky was that lovely shade of blue between twilight and true night.’
    • ‘I was working with a really lovely girl who I get on with really well.’
    • ‘It may not be four star like the one in Berlin, but it's a great deal nicer with a lovely view over the lake at breakfast.’
    beautiful, pretty, as pretty as a picture, attractive, good-looking, appealing, handsome, adorable, exquisite, sweet, personable, charming
    scenic, picturesque, pleasing, easy on the eye
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    1. 1.1informal Very pleasant or enjoyable; delightful.
      ‘we've had a lovely day’
      ‘she's a lovely person’
      • ‘Her eyes squint and her lips pulse making her laugh even more lovely to hear.’
      • ‘The weather was lovely and an enjoyable time was had by all who participated.’
      • ‘This was a very enjoyable experience for the choir and a lovely way to start Christmas Week.’
      • ‘Again this sounds absolutely lovely, but who would end up paying for it in practice?’
      • ‘Friday was a lovely day, and this route seemed so pleasant that I though it would be nice to walk into town this way on Saturday.’
      • ‘She's lovely in person, but her speeches are a bit boring if you ask me.’
      • ‘I watch their shows and they don't do anything to suggest that they're anything other than lovely people.’
      • ‘They were eating mangoes, which smelled lovely, and I said as much.’
      • ‘When I rang a few days later she was having a lovely time, marvelling particularly about the scenery.’
      • ‘Night fell swiftly and the moon smiled upon the plantation that lovely August evening.’
      • ‘Those who made the effort to come along enjoyed a lovely meal and an enjoyable night.’
      • ‘Despite all this, the cookies tasted lovely.’
      • ‘I'm going to see him, and some other lovely people, and I'm really very excited.’
      • ‘There is nothing more enjoyable than playing on a well-kept grass court on a lovely day.’
      • ‘Plus, his shirt was nice and warm, like flannel, and it smelled lovely.’
      • ‘He's always telling me how lovely Paris is and how it hardly ever rains there.’
      • ‘I had a lovely evening with some tasty food, delicious wine and entertaining company.’
      • ‘I admit to having a crush on him - he has the most gorgeous brown eyes, a wonderful smile and a lovely sense of humour.’
      • ‘It fit the bill perfectly and we had a lovely evening with wonderful food.’
      • ‘I especially enjoyed the train trip and the company of lovely people in the group.’
      delightful, very pleasant, very nice, very agreeable, marvellous, wonderful, sublime, superb, fine, magical, enchanting, captivating
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nounPlural lovelies

informal
  • A glamorous woman or girl.

    ‘a bevy of rock lovelies’
    • ‘Even odder than the choice of sci-fi lovelies is the choice of episodes.’
    • ‘The only difference was he had a legion of lovelies in tow, who spoke in hushed tones of Simon being ‘quietly confident’.’
    • ‘I've taken up going to the gym on a regular basis, and not just to stare at the nubile lovelies.’
    • ‘The luscious lovelies were to play a pivotal role in the ensuing drama.’
    • ‘And there were more than a few of those lovelies gathered to honor the designer.’
    • ‘At a recent party at the Playboy mansion, rather than chatting up the busty lovelies, he spent the whole evening talking to his idol, a San Francisco Giants baseball player.’
    • ‘He has saved the world from nuclear destruction and chemical warfare, bedded an endless stream of lovelies and made himself Scotland's best known cinematic export.’
    • ‘He was with 10 friends who were all eyeing a succession of naked lovelies when one girl approached the celebrity and suggested they drink some shots together.’
    • ‘I called over the girl that was hovering around, protecting all the lovelies in that corner of the room.’
    • ‘Surrounded by so many young lovelies (I have often wondered if there are any girls over 25 in Pattaya), how can we compete?’
    • ‘Perhaps they are perturbed by reports of young people recklessly taking the day off work to join The Sun's bikini-clad lovelies on beaches around the country.’
    • ‘This is the place to spot the label-clad lovelies sipping their brandy sours, often accompanied by half of the racing drivers on the Formula One circuit.’
    • ‘It doesn't contain any bug-eyed monsters, bearded Zen masters or bouffanted, Lycra-clad lovelies.’
    • ‘Conway is busy wrestling with the amorous attentions of a couple of lovelies.’
    • ‘And the 26-year-old soon had a stream of scantily-clad lovelies vying for his attention.’
    • ‘Sinuous and scented lovelies shimmered about.’
    • ‘Backed by besuited lovelies Ferry next sang the suitably raunchy ‘Can't Let Go’.’
    • ‘The three lovelies were bereft of canteen, maps, sleeping gear, and even food, as they trudged into God's country with only their beauty and their image to protect them.’
    • ‘Will the tiara that has graced Sligo's lovelies for 14 years be made redundant with a new one from this year's organisers taking its place?’
    • ‘I lived in Southampton for years and that was wall-to-wall lovelies.’
    beautiful woman, belle, vision, charmer, enchantress, venus, goddess, beauty queen, english rose, picture, seductress
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Origin

Old English luflic (see love, -ly).

Pronunciation

lovely

/ˈləvlē//ˈləvli/