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definition of the word beauty

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From Anglo-Norman < Old French biaute < Mediaeval Latin bellitas (beauty) < Latin bellus (beautiful, fair); see beau and fair.

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countable and uncountable; beauties

beauty (countable and uncountable; plural beauties)

  1. The property, quality, or state of being "that which pleases merely by being perceived" (Aquinas); that which is attractive, pleasing, fine, or good looking; comeliness.
    • 1988: "… beauty and recollection, like danger, glamour, greed, hunger- everything but disappointment and desire- were concepts belonging to other people.” -Second Son, Robert Ferro
  2. Someone who is beautiful.
    Chris is a beauty.
  3. Something that is particularly good or pleasing.
    My car is a beauty.
    What a goal, what a beauty.
  4. An excellent or egregious example of something.
  5. (with the definite article) the excellence, e.g. the genius
    The beauty of the deal is it costs nothing!
  6. (physics) The beauty quark.

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