handsome Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"handsome" in British English

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uk   us   /ˈhæn.səm/

handsome adjective (ATTRACTIVE)

B1 A handsome man is ​physicallyattractive in a ​traditional, ​male way: Her ​dream is to be ​whisked off her ​feet by a tall, ​dark, handsome ​stranger. A handsome woman is ​attractive in a ​strong way: a handsome woman in her ​fifties
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handsome adjective (LARGE AMOUNT)

C2 [before noun] large in ​amount: They made a handsome ​profit on ​theirhouse.
adverb uk   us   /-li/
She said if his ​results were good, she would reward him handsomely.
(Definition of handsome from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"handsome" in American English

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 us   /ˈhæn·səm/

handsome adjective (ATTRACTIVE)

(esp. of a man) ​physicallyattractive: He was handsome, ​brilliant, ​witty, and ​generally the ​center of ​attentionwherever he was.

handsome adjective (GENEROUS)

(esp. of ​money) ​large in ​amount: a handsome ​salary
(Definition of handsome from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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