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English definition of “handsome”

handsome

adjective uk   /ˈhæn.səm/ us  

handsome adjective (ATTRACTIVE)

B1 describes a man who is physically attractive in a traditional, male way: She's dreaming she'll be whisked off her feet by a tall, dark handsome stranger.AttractiveSexual attractionSmart and elegant describes a woman who is attractive but in a strong way: a handsome woman in her fiftiesAttractiveSexual attractionSmart and elegant

handsome adjective (LARGE AMOUNT)

C2 [before noun] large in amount: They made a handsome profit on their house.Plenty and abundantLarge amounts of moneySmall amounts of money
handsomely
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
He said if his results were good, he would reward him handsomely.Plenty and abundant
(Definition of handsome from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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