beautiful: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (by'tu-ful), [key]
— adj.
  1. having beauty; having qualities that give great pleasure or satisfaction to see, hear, think about, etc.; delighting the senses or mind: a beautiful dress; a beautiful speech.
  2. excellent of its kind: a beautiful putt on the seventh hole; The chef served us a beautiful roast of beef.
  3. wonderful; very pleasing or satisfying.
  1. the concept of beauty (usually prec. by the).
  2. beautiful things or people collectively (usually prec. by the): the good and the beautiful.
  3. the ideal of beauty (usually prec. by the): to strive to attain the beautiful.
  1. wonderful; fantastic: You got two front-row seats? Beautiful!
  2. extraordinary; incredible: used ironically: Your car broke down in the middle of the freeway? Beautiful!
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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