Meaning of “comely” in the English Dictionary

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"comely" in British English

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comelyadjective

uk /ˈkʌm.li/ us /ˈkʌm.li/ old-fashioned or literary

Examples from literature

  • Alas, my comely child, Why will thou from me go? 
  • Both were well formed, and of comely features, but in very ragged and tattered plight. 
  • It is not always the tallest nor the most comely men who are selected. 
  • It still held its place as a splendid, feather-trimmed, rich article of dress, a hat for dress wear, and it was then comely and becoming. 
  • The amazement on her comely face changed to sudden and indignant enlightenment. 

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