Meaning of “handsome” in the English Dictionary

"handsome" in English

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uk /ˈhæn.səm/ us /ˈhæn.səm/

handsome adjective (ATTRACTIVE)

B1 A handsome man is physically attractive 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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adverb uk /ˈhæn.sə us /ˈhæn.sə

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)

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us /ˈhæn·səm/

handsome adjective (ATTRACTIVE)

(esp. of a man) physically attractive:

He was handsome, brilliant, witty, and generally the center of attention wherever 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)