Meaning of “beautiful” in the English Dictionary

"beautiful" in British 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.

More examples

  • The mansion is set in 90 acres of beautiful, unspoilt countryside.
  • For me, Venice is easily the most beautiful city in Europe.
  • It's a beautiful dress, but it's ludicrously expensive.
  • The painting portrays a beautiful young woman in a blue dress.
  • What a beautiful piece of music! Who composed it?
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)

"beautiful" in American English

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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)