From Middle English gorgeouse, a borrowing from Middle French gorgias (“elegant, fashionable”), from Old French gourgias, gorgias (“gorgeous, gaudy, flaunting, gallant, fine”), of uncertain origin, but apparently connected with Old French gorgias (“a gorget, ruffle for the neck”), from Old French gorge (“bosom, throat”). See gorge. Semantic evolution probably akin to "swelling of the throat or bosom due to pride, bridling up" to "assume an air of importance, flaunting".
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɡɔːdʒəs/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈɡɔɹd͡ʒəs/
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- Rhymes: -ɔː(ɹ)dʒəs
- (of a person or place) Very beautiful.
- All the contest judges agreed that Brigitt was absolutely gorgeous.
- The sunsets in Hawaii are gorgeous.
- (rare) Very enjoyable, pleasant, tasty, etc.
- Hummus is absolutely gorgeous.
- See also Thesaurus:beautiful