Word family noun beautician beauty adjective beautiful adverb beautifullyFrom Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishbeautifulbeau‧ti‧ful /ˈbjuːtəfəl/ ●●● S1 W2 adjective 1 BEAUTIFUL/GOOD-LOOKINGsomeone or something that is beautiful is extremely attractive to look at She was even more beautiful than I had remembered. a beautiful bunch of flowers2 GOOD/EXCELLENTvery good or giving you great pleasure SYN lovely beautiful music What a beautiful shot! The weather was beautiful.► see thesaurus at good —beautifully adverbTHESAURUSpersonbeautiful a beautiful woman or child has perfect good looksGrace Kelly was a very beautiful woman.a beautiful babygood-looking a good-looking person looks nice. Good-looking is very common in spoken EnglishHe’s a good-looking guy, but he’s a bit boring.Do you think she’s good-looking?attractive an attractive person looks nice, especially in a way that makes you feel sexually interested in themShe’s a very attractive woman.A lot of women find him attractive.pretty a pretty girl or woman looks nice – used especially about a woman who has a nice faceYou look pretty with your hair down.She has a very pretty face.handsome a handsome man or boy looks nice – used especially about a man who has a nice face. Handsome is also sometimes used, especially in literature, to describe a woman who is good-looking and has a strong faceHe was tall, dark, and handsome.She was a big, handsome woman.gorgeous/stunning spoken extremely attractive. Gorgeous is used especially by womenShe thinks Brad Pitt is gorgeous.You look absolutely stunning in that dress!cute spoken nice to look at – used about animals, babies, children, and young adultsa cute little puppyShe thinks you’re cute!lovely spoken used when saying that someone looks very niceYou look lovely tonight.place/thing etcbeautiful used to describe something that looks, feels, sounds etc so good that it gives you a lot of pleasurea beautiful tropical beacha beautiful songThe weather was beautiful.lovely spoken used when saying that something looks, feels, or sounds very niceWhat a lovely day!a lovely voicea lovely perfume pretty pleasant to look at – often used about things that are not big or impressivea pretty little pink dressa pretty villageattractive pleasant to look at. Attractive sounds more formal than prettyan attractive white-painted cottage with green shuttersan attractive citymagnificent very big, beautiful, and impressive – used about buildings, objects, and viewsThe Taj Mahal always looks magnificent.a magnificent Persian carpet There were magnificent views over the old city. picturesque written pleasant to look at – used in written descriptions of towns, buildings, and placesthe picturesque harbour town of CastletonRegensburg Cathedral occupies a picturesque position on the River Danube in Bavaria.stunning/breathtaking extremely beautiful and impressive – used especially about views All around is a stunning view of Cape Town.The landscape is breathtaking. exquisite /ɪkˈskwɪzət, ˈekskwɪ-/ used to describe things that have very beautiful small details, especially things that have been made with a lot of skillan exquisite piece of jewelleryan exquisite floweran exquisite picture of a bird of paradise elegant designed in a way that looks very attractive and has a lot of stylean elegant Neo-Classical building a long and elegant staircaseGRAMMAR: Order of adjectivesIf there is more than one adjective, the adjectives are usually used in a fixed order. You say: It’s a beautiful old village. ✗Don’t say: It’s an old beautiful village.You say: He has beautiful brown eyes. ✗Don’t say: He has brown beautiful eyes.
Examples from the Corpusbeautiful• "Do you like the house?" "Like it? It's beautiful!"• The scenery was incredibly beautiful.• She found it practical as well as beautiful.• The mountains and the lake were calm and beautiful, and at last Elizabeth and I were together.• Now she was under a Christmas tree, the most beautiful and best-decorated tree she could imagine.• Big can be beautiful, and surprisingly few of the buildings here display the empty pedantry conspicuous in contemporary paintings and sculpture.• Parents always believe that their baby is the most beautiful baby in the world.• a beautiful bird with bright blue feathers• a beautiful catch• How did two people like Sara and Rob have such beautiful children?• Florence is such a beautiful city.• That's a beautiful dog. What kind is he?• It reminded him of his homeland, his beautiful land of mountains and lakes.• Their beautiful movement and artistic sign language adds a new dimension to the production.• And she was wearing a beautiful pair of sapphire earrings Zack had bought her in London.• She has a beautiful smile.• Cornwall has some of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in Britain.• Karen was even more beautiful than I had remembered.• You look beautiful tonight.• a restaurant with beautiful views over Sorrento and the Gulf of Naples• Standing in the doorway was a beautiful woman with long black hair and green eyes.• a beautiful woman!