Definition of lovely in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlʌvli/

adjective (lovelier, loveliest)

1Very beautiful or attractive: lovely views she looked lovely
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  • This addition to the lake will add much to the area and will attract more people to view its lovely scenery.
  • He had taken a lovely, sweet, beautiful girl and hurt her terribly, all in the name of revenge.
  • The cabins were located on the side of hill with lots of deck room, clean amenities inside and lovely views.
beautiful, pretty, as pretty as a picture, attractive, good-looking, appealing, handsome, adorable, exquisite, sweet, personable, charming;
enchanting, engaging, bewitching, winsome, seductive, gorgeous, alluring, ravishing, glamorous;
Scottish & Northern English  bonny
informal tasty, knockout, stunning, smashing, drop-dead gorgeous, adorbs
British informal fit
North American informal cute, foxy
formal beauteous
archaic comely, fair
rare sightly, pulchritudinous
scenic, picturesque, pleasing, easy on the eye;
magnificent, stunning, splendid
1.1 informal Very pleasant or enjoyable; delightful: we’ve had a lovely day how lovely to see you!
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  • Those who made the effort to come along enjoyed a lovely meal and an enjoyable night.
  • When I rang a few days later she was having a lovely time, marvelling particularly about the scenery.
  • I admit to having a crush on him - he has the most gorgeous brown eyes, a wonderful smile and a lovely sense of humour.
delightful, very pleasant, very nice, very agreeable, marvellous, wonderful, sublime, superb, fine, magical, enchanting, captivating
informal terrific, fabulous, fab, heavenly, divine, amazing, glorious

noun (plural lovelies)

1An attractive woman or girl: a bevy of lovelies
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  • 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?
1.1Used as an affectionate form of address: don’t worry, my lovely
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  • So, until I'm back my lovelies, until Tuesday when I'm sat at my desk, tired, flat and wishing I'd finished the marketing flier before I'd left, until then have a lovely, lovely weekend.
  • ‘Hello lovelies,’ croons Carrie into the shop window, addressing a perfect pair of pink and green shoes.
  • Oh, my lovelies, if only I could talk about my job.


lovely jubbly

British informal Used to express delight or approval: fish and chips and a few beers on the way back from a match—lovely jubbly!
From lubbly Jubbly, a 1950s advertising slogan for Jubbly, an orange-flavoured soft drink; adopted by comedy writer John Sullivan in his BBC television series Only Fools & Horses
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  • Swindonians will have a lovely jubbly time tomorrow when the town plays host to the stars of Only Fools and Horses.
  • He reckons the pure spring water he's discovered on his land is lovely jubbly.
  • So, I say… good for them… jolly good show old chap etc… lovely jubbly… bring it on.



Example sentences
  • I exchanged the computer room for the library which was lovelily quiet - quieter than usual and simply a pleasure to study in.
  • There was no ornament else about her, except on her slippers, which were one mass of gleaming emeralds, of various shades of green, all mingling lovelily like the waving of grass in the wind and sun.
  • The songs synthesize lots of influences into a cohesive set, where everything flows lovelily for the forty-three-minutes plus of Marry Me.


Old English luflic (see love, -ly1).

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