[syn: beauty, beaut]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Beauty \Beau"ty\ (b[=u]"t[y^]), n.; pl. Beauties
(b[=u]"t[i^]z). [OE. beaute, beute, OF. beaut['e], biaut['e],
Pr. beltat, F. beaut['e], fr. an assumed LL. bellitas, from
L. bellus pretty. See Beau.]
1. An assemblage of graces or properties pleasing to the eye,
the ear, the intellect, the [ae]sthetic faculty, or the
Beauty consists of a certain composition of color
and figure, causing delight in the beholder.
The production of beauty by a multiplicity of
symmetrical parts uniting in a consistent whole.
The old definition of beauty, in the Roman school,
was, "multitude in unity;" and there is no doubt
that such is the principle of beauty. --Coleridge.
2. A particular grace, feature, ornament, or excellence;
anything beautiful; as, the beauties of nature.
3. A beautiful person, esp. a beautiful woman.
All the admired beauties of Verona. --Shak.
4. Prevailing style or taste; rage; fashion. [Obs.]
She stained her hair yellow, which was then the
beauty. --Jer. Taylor.
Beauty spot, a patch or spot placed on the face with intent
to heighten beauty by contrast.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the qualities that give pleasure to the senses [ant:
2: a very attractive or seductive looking woman [syn: smasher,
stunner, knockout, beauty, ravisher, sweetheart,
peach, lulu, looker, mantrap, dish]
3: an outstanding example of its kind; "his roses were
beauties"; "when I make a mistake it's a beaut" [syn:
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
55 Moby Thesaurus words for "beauty":
Miss America, advantage, asset, attraction, attractiveness,
balance, bathing beauty, beau ideal, beaut, beauty contest winner,
beauty queen, belle, bunny, charmer, concinnity, cover girl,
dazzler, dream, dreamboat, enchantress, equilibrium, euphony,
eye-opener, eyeful, good-looker, great beauty, handsomeness,
harmony, knockout, lady fair, looker, loveliness, lovely, measure,
measuredness, model, order, orderedness, paragon, peach, pinup,
pinup girl, proportion, pulchritude, pussycat, raving beauty,
reigning beauty, rhythm, sex kitten, slick chick, strength,
stunner, sweetness, symmetry, toast
The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):
BEAUTY, n. The power by which a woman charms a lover and terrifies a