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 Dictionary entry overview: What does beautiful mean? 

BEAUTIFUL (adjective)
  The adjective BEAUTIFUL has 3 senses:

1. delighting the senses or exciting intellectual or emotional admiration
2. aesthetically pleasing
3. (of weather) highly enjoyable

  Familiarity information: BEAUTIFUL used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

BEAUTIFUL (adjective)

Sense 1beautiful [BACK TO TOP]


Delighting the senses or exciting intellectual or emotional admiration

Context examples:

a beautiful child / beautiful country / a beautiful painting / a beautiful theory / a beautiful party


stunning (strikingly beautiful or attractive)

scenic (used of locations; having beautiful natural scenery)

ravishing (stunningly beautiful)

pulchritudinous (used of persons only; having great physical beauty)

pretty-pretty (ostentatiously or inappropriately pretty)

pretty (pleasing by delicacy or grace; not imposing)

picturesque (suggesting or suitable for a picture; pretty as a picture)

lovely (appealing to the emotions as well as the eye)

gorgeous (dazzlingly beautiful)

glorious; resplendent; splendid; splendiferous (having great beauty and splendor)

beauteous ((poetic )beautiful, especially to the sight)

bonnie; bonny; comely; fair; sightly (very pleasing to the eye)

dishy ((informal British) good-looking)

exquisite (of extreme beauty)

better-looking; fine-looking; good-looking; handsome; well-favored; well-favoured (pleasing in appearance especially by reason of conformity to ideals of form and proportion)


attractive (pleasing to the eye or mind especially through beauty or charm)

graceful (characterized by beauty of movement, style, form, or execution)

pleasing (giving pleasure and satisfaction)


beauty (the qualities that give pleasure to the senses)


ugly (displeasing to the senses)

Sense 2beautiful [BACK TO TOP]


Aesthetically pleasing


aesthetic; aesthetical; esthetic; esthetical (concerning or characterized by an appreciation of beauty or good taste)

Sense 3beautiful [BACK TO TOP]


(of weather) highly enjoyable

Context example:

what a beautiful day


pleasant (affording pleasure; being in harmony with your taste or likings)

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