Meaning of “handsome” in the English Dictionary

"handsome" in British 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

More examples

  • He was tall, dark, and handsome.
  • In the film's last five minutes, our handsome hero manages to dispatch another five villains.
  • He was clever, handsome and exceedingly rich.
  • He was so handsome - I couldn't take my eyes off him.
  • He was a real nerd in high school - I can't believe he's so handsome now.
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)