Meaning of “beautiful” in the English Dictionary

"beautiful" in English

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uk /ˈbjuː.tɪ.fəl/ us /ˈbjuː.t̬ə.fəl/

A1 very attractive:

a beautiful woman
She was wearing a beautiful dress.

A1 very pleasant:

a beautiful piece of music
beautiful weather

mainly US very kind:

You did a beautiful thing in helping those poor children.

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adverb uk /ˈbjuː.tɪ.fəl.i/ us /ˈbjuː.t̬ə.fəl.i/


She dresses beautifully.
Their house is beautifully decorated.

(Definition of “beautiful” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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us /ˈbju·t̬ɪ·fəl/

having an attractive quality that gives pleasure to those who experience it or think about it:

I thought she was the most beautiful woman I’d ever seen.
The scenery around here is beautiful.
We heard beautiful music every night.
It was a beautiful plan.
adverb us /ˈbju·t̬ɪ·fli, -fə·li/

She sings beautifully.

(Definition of “beautiful” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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I will walk out of this beautiful and magnificent building feeling a greater sense of self esteem, having a greater voice.
I would now ask everyone if this beautiful eco-flower should administer the deathblow to our swan, among others, which works so very well.
We must do all in our power to allow this beautiful and inspiring people to develop into a peaceful nation once again.
Unfortunately, it is a very extreme example of the political landscape in that beautiful country, which deserves to live in democracy, as we do.
I think the side to my right wants to cover it with some very beautiful semantics, using terms like 'reproductive health'.
In order to ensure that future generations can also benefit from our beautiful beaches and coastal countryside, we must however become active.
Your determination has been equalled only by the love you have for your very beautiful city and your determination to consolidate and raise its international profile.
Beautiful landscapes, well-kept villages, clean air, peace and quiet, good and healthy food, among other things, are the tourist industry’s real capital.
We should have placed the emphasis on these aspects, instead of producing a document which indicates how beautiful the world should become on all scores.
When one is no longer as young and beautiful as you are, but, like me, is in one's seventieth year, that sort of thing causes an enormous amount of anguish.