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Etymology edit

From Middle English bewty, bewte, beaute, bealte, from Anglo-Norman and Old French beauté (early Old French spelling biauté), from Vulgar Latin *bellitātem (beauty), from Latin bellus (beautiful, fair); see beau. In this sense, mostly displaced native Old English fæġernes, whence Modern English fairness.

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beauty (countable and uncountable, plural beauties)

  1. The quality of being (especially visually) attractive, pleasing, fine or good-looking; comeliness.
  2. Someone who is beautiful.
    Brigitte Bardot was a renowned beauty.
  3. Something that is particularly good or pleasing.
    What a goal! That was a real beauty!
  4. An excellent or egregious example of something.
    He got into a fight and ended up with two black eyes – two real beauties!
  5. (with the definite article) The excellence or genius of a scheme or decision.
    The beauty of the deal is it costs nothing!
  6. (physics, obsolete) A beauty quark (now called bottom quark).
  7. Beauty treatment; cosmetology.
    a hair and beauty salon
    • 2013, Bethany Rooney, Mary Lou Belli, Directors Tell the Story, page 184:
      When the beauty team departs the set, the AD will say, “Let's go on a bell.” A bell sounds throughout the stage, and []
  8. (obsolete) Prevailing style or taste; rage; fashion.
    • 1653, Jeremy Taylor, “Twenty-five Sermons Preached at Golden Grove; Being for the Winter Half-year, []: Sermon XVIII. [The Marriage Ring; or, The Mysteriousness and Duties of Marriage.] Part II.”, in Reginald Heber, editor, The Whole Works of the Right Rev. Jeremy Taylor, D.D. [], volume V, London: Ogle, Duncan, and Co. []; and Richard Priestley, [], published 1822, →OCLC, page 277:
      Menander in the comedy brings in a man turning his wife from his house, because she stained her hair yellow, which was then the beauty.
  9. (archaic, in the plural) Beautiful passages or extracts of poetry.

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  • Adjectives often applied to "beauty": natural, great, real, physical, exotic, inner, spiritual, strange, divine, visual, heavenly, intellectual, facial, attractive, sensuous, sensual, seductive, musical, austere, alluring, mathematical, geometric, astounding, bodily, pictorial.

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  • Cebuano: byuti

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  1. (Canada) Thanks!
  2. (Canada) Cool!
    It's the long weekend. Beauty!

Adjective edit

beauty (comparative more beauty, superlative most beauty)

  1. (Canada) Of high quality, well done.
    He made a beauty pass through the neutral zone.

Verb edit

beauty (third-person singular simple present beauties, present participle beautying, simple past and past participle beautied)

  1. (obsolete, transitive) To make beautiful.

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Borrowed from English beauty.

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /ˈbjuː.ti/
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  • Hyphenation: beau‧ty

Noun edit

beauty f (plural beauty's, diminutive beauty'tje n)

  1. A beauty, looker, beautiful person
  2. A beautiful other creature or thing
    Die prachtige hengst is al net zo'n beauty als z'n ruiter
    That gorgeous stallion is as much of a beauty as his rider
  3. Human beauty, as the object or goal of cosmetics etc.

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