What does Beauty mean?

Definitions for Beauty
ˈbyu tibeau·ty

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Beauty.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. beautynoun

    the qualities that give pleasure to the senses

  2. smasher, stunner, knockout, beauty, ravisher, sweetheart, peach, lulu, looker, mantrap, dishnoun

    a very attractive or seductive looking woman

  3. beauty, beautnoun

    an outstanding example of its kind

    "his roses were beauties"; "when I make a mistake it's a beaut"


  1. beautynoun

    The property, quality or state of being "that which pleases merely by being perceived" (Aquinas); that which is attractive, pleasing, fine or good looking; comeliness.

  2. beautynoun

    Someone who is beautiful.

    Brigitte Bardot was a renowned beauty.

  3. beautynoun

    Something that is particularly good or pleasing.

  4. beautynoun

    An excellent or egregious example of something.

  5. beautynoun

    The excellence, e.g. the genius

    The beauty of the deal is it costs nothing!

  6. beautynoun

    A beauty quark (now called bottom quark).

  7. beautynoun

    Beauty treatment; cosmetology.

  8. beautyadverb

    Of high quality, well done.

    He made a beauty pass through the neutral zone.

  9. beautyinterjection

    Thanks! Cool!

    It's the long weekend. Beauty!

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. BEAUTYnoun

    Etymology: beaute, Fr.

    Beauty consists of a certain composition of colour and figure, causing delight in the beholder. John Locke.

    Your beauty was the cause of that effect,
    Your beauty, that did haunt me in my sleep. ——
    —— If I thought that, I tell thee, homicide,
    These nails should rend that beauty from my cheeks. William Shakespeare, Richard III.

    Beauty is best in a body that hath rather dignity of presence than beauty of aspect. The beautiful prove accomplished, but not of great spirit, and study for the most part rather behaviour than virtue. Francis Bacon.

    The best part of beauty is that which a picture cannot express. Francis Bacon, Ornament. Ration. №. 64.

    Of the beauty of the eye I shall say little, leaving that to poets and orators; that it is a very pleasant and lovely object to behold, if we consider the figure, colours, splendour of it, is the least I can say. John Ray, on Creation.

    He view’d their twining branches with delight,
    And prais’d the beauty of the pleasing sight. Alexander Pope.

    The ancient pieces are beautiful, because they resemble the beauties of nature; and nature will ever be beautiful, which resembles those beauties of antiquity. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.

    Wherever you place a patch, you destroy a beauty. Addison.

    This gave me an occasion of looking backward on some beauties of my author in his former books. John Dryden, Fab. Pref.

    With incredible pains have I endeavoured to copy the several beauties of the ancient and modern historians. Arbuthnot.

    Remember that Pellean conquerour,
    A youth, how all the beauties of the east
    He slightly view’d, and slightly overpass’d. Paradise Lost.

    What can thy ends, malicious beauty, be?
    Can he, who kill’d thy brother, live for thee? Dryden.

  2. To Beautyverb

    To adorn; to beautify; to embellish.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    The harlot’s cheek, beautied with plast’ring art,
    Is not more ugly to the thing that helps it,
    Than is my deed to your most painted word. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.


  1. Beauty

    Beauty is commonly described as a feature of objects that makes these objects pleasurable to perceive. Such objects include landscapes, sunsets, humans and works of art. Beauty, together with art and taste, is the main subject of aesthetics, one of the major branches of philosophy. As a positive aesthetic value, it is contrasted with ugliness as its negative counterpart. One difficulty in understanding beauty is because it has both objective and subjective aspects: it is seen as a property of things but also as depending on the emotional response of observers. Because of its subjective side, beauty is said to be "in the eye of the beholder". It has been argued that the ability on the side of the subject needed to perceive and judge beauty, sometimes referred to as the "sense of taste", can be trained and that the verdicts of experts coincide in the long run. This would suggest that the standards of validity of judgments of beauty are intersubjective, i.e. dependent on a group of judges, rather than fully subjective or fully objective. Conceptions of beauty aim to capture what is essential to all beautiful things. Classical conceptions define beauty in terms of the relation between the beautiful object as a whole and its parts: the parts should stand in the right proportion to each other and thus compose an integrated harmonious whole. Hedonist conceptions see a necessary connection between pleasure and beauty, e.g. that for an object to be beautiful is for it to cause disinterested pleasure. Other conceptions include defining beautiful objects in terms of their value, of a loving attitude towards them or of their function.


  1. beauty

    Beauty refers to a subjective quality or characteristic of an object, person, or concept that is visually appealing, aesthetically pleasing, or evokes a sense of pleasure and admiration in an individual. It encompasses a range of attributes such as symmetry, harmony, proportion, gracefulness, and uniqueness, which can be perceived through the senses and appreciated on an emotional and intellectual level. Beauty can lie in various forms, including physical appearance, art, nature, ideas, experiences, and expressions, and its interpretation can vary based on personal preferences, cultural influences, and societal norms.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Beautynoun

    an assemblage or graces or properties pleasing to the eye, the ear, the intellect, the aesthetic faculty, or the moral sense

  2. Beautynoun

    a particular grace, feature, ornament, or excellence; anything beautiful; as, the beauties of nature

  3. Beautynoun

    a beautiful person, esp. a beautiful woman

  4. Beautynoun

    prevailing style or taste; rage; fashion


  1. Beauty

    Beauty is a characteristic of a person, animal, place, object, or idea that provides a perceptual experience of pleasure or satisfaction. Beauty is studied as part of aesthetics, sociology, social psychology, and culture. An "ideal beauty" is an entity which is admired, or possesses features widely attributed to beauty in a particular culture, for perfection. The experience of "beauty" often involves an interpretation of some entity as being in balance and harmony with nature, which may lead to feelings of attraction and emotional well-being. Because this can be a subjective experience, it is often said that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder." There is evidence that perceptions of beauty are evolutionarily determined, that things, aspects of people and landscapes considered beautiful are typically found in situations likely to give enhanced survival of the perceiving human's genes.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Beauty

    bū′ti, n. a pleasing combination of qualities in a person or object: a particular grace or excellence: a beautiful person, esp. a woman, also applied collectively to the beautiful women of a special place: (pl.) beautiful passages or extracts from the poets.—v.t. (Shak.) to make beautiful.—adj. Beau′teous, full of beauty: fair: handsome.—adv. Beau′teously.—ns. Beau′teousness; Beau′tifier, one who or that which beautifies or makes beautiful.—adj. Beau′tiful, fair: with qualities that give delight to the senses, esp. the eye and ear, or which awaken admiration in the mind.—adv. Beau′tifully.—v.t. Beau′tify, to make beautiful: to grace: to adorn.—v.i. (rare) to become beautiful, or more beautiful.—ns. Beau′ty-sleep, the sleep before midnight, considered the most refreshing; Beau′ty-spot, a patch placed on the face to heighten or draw attention to a woman's beauty; a foil, or anything that emphasises beauty by contrast. [O. Fr. biaute (Fr. beauté)—Low L. bellitat-em—L. bellus.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Beauty

    Characteristics or attributes of persons or things which elicit pleasurable feelings.

Editors Contribution

  1. beauty

    The attribute or qualities that bring joy to our heart and soul.

    Beauty can be the tone a person speaks at, the way a person listens or demonstrates kindness and empathy.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 14, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Beauty' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2420

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Beauty' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3197

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Beauty' in Nouns Frequency: #1029

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Beauty in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Beauty in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Beauty in a Sentence

  1. Albert Einstein:

    Never regard study as a duty, but as the enviable opportunity to learn to know the liberating influence of beauty in the realm of the spirit for your own personal joy and to the profit of the community to which your later work belongs.

  2. Betty White:

    Get at least eight hours of beauty sleep, nine if you’re ugly.

  3. Alyssa Milano:

    Some people might see them as imperfections, but when you have a baby –those are your beauty marks, i love my stretch marks. I have them on my boobs, on my ass, on my belly.

  4. Willem Adema:

    The beauty of introducing a 52-hour workweek was that you gave a signal to employers, unions and workers saying, ‘Listen, you really have to do something about the long working hours culture in your country,’ if the current legislation is all about giving flexibility then that’s fine. But it doesn’t seem to be interpreted as such.

  5. Aberjhani:

    To create art with all the passion in one's soul is to live art with all the beauty in one's heart.

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