handsome: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (han'sum), [key]
— -som•er, -som•est.
  1. having an attractive, well-proportioned, and imposing appearance suggestive of health and strength; good-looking: a handsome man; a handsome woman.
  2. having pleasing proportions, relationships, or arrangements, as of shapes, forms, or colors; attractive: a handsome house; a handsome interior.
  3. exhibiting skill, taste, and refinement; well-made: a handsome story; handsome furniture.
  4. considerable, ample, or liberal in amount: a handsome fortune.
  5. gracious; generous; flattering: a handsome compliment; a handsome recommendation.
  6. adroit and appealing; graceful: a handsome speech.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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