noun (plural beauties)
- 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 beautyMore example sentences
- A great number of oaks aged over 500 years provide an abundance of aesthetic beauty, wonderful shapes and amazing structures.
- The study of literature and art shape our sense of beauty.
- 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.
- 1.1A combination of qualities that pleases the intellect: the artistry and beauty of footballMore example sentences
attractiveness, prettiness, good looks, pleasingness, comeliness, allure, allurement; loveliness, charm, appeal, heavenliness, voluptuousness; winsomeness, grace, elegance, exquisiteness; splendour, magnificence, grandeur, impressiveness, picturesqueness, artistry, decorativeness; gorgeousness, glamour, irresistibility; Scottish & Northern English bonniness• formal beauteousness, pulchritude
- Along with The Extended Phenotype made me understnad the intellectual beauty of Darwinism; and gave me the subject for my first half-decent book.
- But during my learnings, I discovered that I appreciated the artistic beauty of military firearms.
- 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.
- 1.2 [as modifier] Denoting something intended to make someone more attractive: beauty treatmentMore example sentences
- 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.
- Start by using essential oils and scents like jasmine or ginger in your baths, massage treatments and beauty products.
- New spa treatments and beauty products - from shampoos to shower gels smell just like the real thing.
- 2A beautiful or pleasing thing or person, in particular:More example sentences
- The mother is a great beauty who dreamed of acting but settled for a private, domestic state.
- The goddess who is beautiful but who also has an enhanced beauty because of the beneficent role she plays.
- As outraged as the mere thought might make you, a quick gander at these adorned pinup beauties and you'll be hard-pressed to resist such a needless ornamentation.
- 2.1A beautiful woman: a blonde beautyMore example sentences
- The blonde beauty will represent Ireland in the Miss Universe Beauty Pageant on June 3.
- Across the aisle, six blonde beauties also celebrating a birthday tossed their tinted manes laughed too loud and drank champagne.
- There may be a surplus of blonde beauties in Hollywood, but the ones who can act as well as look stunning are in short supply.
- 2.2An excellent example of something: the fish was a beauty, around 14 poundsMore example sentences
- In fact, it is a beauty fished off the beach or rocks.
- 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.
- As an architectural beauty it is one of the worst examples of its era.
- 2.3 (the beauties of) The pleasing or attractive features of (something): the beauties of the English countrysideMore example sentences
- We have seen a lot of things a bit like this in America, but the Harewood spiral is one of the first in Britain, and the only one ever to celebrate the fragile beauties of the English flora.
- One of the beauties of English, as of some other languages, is that it has available a practice which seems to conflate movement and stillness, unfolding and accomplishment.
- He has my express permission to do this, as I also lament people who ignore the beauties of the English countryside - excepting the itinerant rambler and the American tourist.
- 2.4 [in singular] The best aspect or advantage of something: the beauty of keeping cats is that they don’t tie you downMore example sentences
- Regardless of the somewhat touristy aspect, the beauty of learning in a class environment is that it removes the male-determined version of sexy.
- The frame is usually fully expressed on the interior of the building to take advantage of the beauty of the timber frame joinery.
- 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.
adjectiveAustralian /NZ • informal Back to top
- Good; excellent (used as a general term of approval).More example sentences
- That's beauty mate, and a nice fish too!
beauty is in the eye of the beholder
- • proverb That which one person finds beautiful or admirable may not appeal to another.More example sentences
- I do understand their appeal and, after all is said and done, 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.
- Plus, we all know that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
beauty is only skin-deep
- • proverb A pleasing appearance is not a guide to character.More example sentences
- 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).
Middle English: from Old French beaute, based on Latin bellus 'beautiful, fine'.