• There was Liberty, beautiful and serene
    There was Liberty, beautiful and serene
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n beauty the qualities that give pleasure to the senses
    • n beauty an outstanding example of its kind "his roses were beauties","when I make a mistake it's a beaut"
    • n beauty a very attractive or seductive looking woman
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Krit give her a beautiful cross Krit give her a beautiful cross
Types of English Beauty Types of English Beauty
Ornamental plaster was used in a few buildings for enhancing the beauty of both the interior and exterior Ornamental plaster was used in a few buildings for enhancing the beauty of both the interior and exterior

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Marlboro was the first cigarette company to market a cigarette that had a red filter called "beauty tip." This was done to hide the lipstick marks left on the filter from women smokers
    • Beauty A beautiful person, esp. a beautiful woman. "All the admired beauties of Verona."
    • Beauty A particular grace, feature, ornament, or excellence; anything beautiful; as, the beauties of nature.
    • Beauty An assemblage of graces or properties pleasing to the eye, the ear, the intellect, the æsthetic faculty, or the moral sense. "Beauty consists of a certain composition of color and figure, causing delight in the beholder.""The production of beauty by a multiplicity of symmetrical parts uniting in a consistent whole.""The old definition of beauty , in the Roman school, was, “multitude in unity;” and there is no doubt that such is the principle of beauty ."
    • Beauty Prevailing style or taste; rage; fashion. "She stained her hair yellow, which was then the beauty ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Canada declared national beauty contests canceled as of 1992, claiming they were degrading to women.
    • n beauty That quality of an object by virtue of which the contemplation of it directly excites pleasurable emotions. The word denotes primarily that which pleases the eye or ear, but it is applied also to that quality in any object of thought which awakens admiration or approval: as, intellectual beauty, moral beauty, the beauty of holiness, the beauty of utility, and so on.
    • n beauty A particular grace or charm; an embellishment or ornament.
    • n beauty Any particular thing which is beautiful and pleasing; a part which surpasses in pleasing qualities that with which it is united: generally in the plural: as, the beauties of an author; the beauties of nature.
    • n beauty A beautiful person; specifically, a beautiful woman; collectively, beautiful women: as, all the beauty of the place was present.
    • n beauty Prevailing style or taste; rage; fashion.
    • beauty To render beautiful; adorn, beautify, or embellish.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The English Romantic poet Lord Byron was so devastated upon the death of his beloved Newfoundland, whose name was Boatswain, that he had inscribed upon the dog's gravestone the following: "Beauty without vanity, strength without insolence, courage without ferocity, and all the virtues of man without his vices."
    • n Beauty bū′ti 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:
    • v.t Beauty (Shak.) to make beautiful
    • v.i Beauty (rare) to become beautiful, or more beautiful
    • n Beauty bū′ti (pl.) beautiful passages or extracts from the poets
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  • Kahlil Gibran
    “Beauty in not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “Beauty is everywhere a welcome guest.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “Beauty is a manifestation of secret natural laws, which otherwise would have been hidden from us forever.”
  • Baltasar Gracian
    “A beautiful woman should break her mirror early.”
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
    “Beauty is the index of a larger fact than wisdom.”
  • Horace
    “Nothing's beautiful from every point of view.”


Age before beauty - When this idiom is used, it is a way of allowing an older person to do something first, though often in a slightly sarcastic way.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder - Beauty is in the eye of the beholder means that different people will find different things beautiful and that the differences of opinion don't matter greatly.
Beauty is only skin deep - This idiom means that appearances can be deceptive and something that seems or looks good may turn out to be bad.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. beaute, beute, OF. beauté, biauté, Pr. beltat, F. beauté, fr. an assumed LL. bellitas, from L. bellus, pretty. See Beau
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. biaute (Fr. beauté)—Low L. bellitat-em—L. bellus.


In literature:

She made beautiful candles.
"A Little Girl in Old New York" by Amanda Millie Douglas
It seemed to her that beautiful thoughts must come from the clouds.
"A Little Girl of Long Ago" by Amanda Millie Douglas
You were a beautiful baby, a beautiful little child.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
And you must be choice of that beautiful brocade.
"A Little Girl in Old Boston" by Amanda Millie Douglas
The turbulent river in some places dashing wildly by, and separating two beautiful shores.
"Fair Italy, the Riviera and Monte Carlo" by W. Cope Devereux
On March 14 the day broke beautifully clear; and, having crossed a deep valley between the hills, we toiled op the opposite slope.
"The World's Greatest Books, Volume 19" by Various
Mount Morris is considered a very healthy place and it is certainly beautiful.
"The Girls at Mount Morris" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
Sunshine and Storm, Beauty and Desolation.
"The Adventures of the Chevalier De La Salle and His Companions, in Their Explorations of the Prairies, Forests, Lakes, and Rivers, of the New World, and Their Interviews with the Savage Tribes, Two Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
I only know that it has a beautiful name, and that I have written a beautiful thing about it.
"The Green Carnation" by Robert Smythe Hichens
Perhaps the most beautiful group is that of three trees known as the Three Graces.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston

In poetry:

The beautiful monster
vomits a stream of watches
clocks jewels knives silver
coins & copper blood
"The New Creatures" by James Douglas Morrison
Even the Christian beauty
Defects—after Samothrace;
We see to kalon
Decreed in the market place.
"E.P. Ode Pour L'election De Son Sepulchre" by Ezra Pound
The silent picture on the wall,
The burial-stone,
Of all that beauty, life, and joy,
Remain alone!
""Only A Year"" by Harriet Beecher Stowe
That joy could grow to a burden,
Or beauty could be
Changed from snow-light to heavy
To humble me.
"The Apple Tree Said" by Mary Carolyn Davies
What boundless leisure
Count the heaped treasure
Of woe, that’s the pleasure
And beauty of Life?
"Life With The Sun In It" by Thomas Runciman
A gallant, ruffled rover,
With beauty-loving eye,
He swept Colonial waters
Of coarser, bloodier fry.
"The Cross-Current" by Abbie Farwell Brown

In news:

Beautiful new HTML5 photo uploader/organizer.
An Inman Park beauty collective sets the green standard.
He's a charming vulgarian, a lanky Texas shark with a voracious appetite for fame, fortune, aviation , beautiful women, the picture business--and the sheer pleasure of speed.
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Avon has appointed a former Procter & Gamble executive as head of marketing for the beauty products company.
NEW YORK— Avon has appointed a former Procter & Gamble executive as head of marketing for the beauty products company.
"The Sleeping Beauty" without a stunning Princess Aurora is like water without fish.
Located in a 333,000-acre national park on the southeastern edge of the island, the awe-inspiring and ruggedly beautiful Kilauea is called the drive-in volcano because paved roads allow you to traverse it by car.
Greetings from the plush, beautiful studios of 98Q.
Watch Meat Loaf Mangle "America the Beautiful" as Mitt Romney Awkwardly Watches.
Features performances by dance troupe the Bawdy Beautiful Review, and music by DJ Zimmie.
When you were so young, you didn't care about biting into a beautifully ripe one and letting the juices run down your chin and up your arms.
When well-executed, a solid backside air is a thing of pure beauty.
This high-rolling city decided nearly a decade ago to gamble heavily on the risky proposition that concert-hall acoustics had finally become a science with predictable results: beautiful data in, beautiful sound out.
With the motto "Beauty today & a more beautiful tomorrow," Softline Home Fashions had launched Evidence of Evolution, a developing line of eco-friendly fabrics and finished goods.

In science:

Even though standard, its proof is sufficiently short and beautiful to reproduce it.
Upper bounds on wavepacket spreading for random Jacobi matrices
Reasonable ultrafilters were introduced in Shelah in order to suggest a line of research that would repeat in some sense the beautiful theory created around the notion of P–points on ω .
Generating ultrafilters in a reasonable way
Further, more refined results along these lines, and especially taking into account the beautiful general vanishing theorems for vector bundles of Demailly, Manivel, Arapura and others, can be formulated by the interested reader.
GV-sheaves, Fourier-Mukai transform, and Generic Vanishing
If true, then this would provide a beautiful and natural example of a K-automorphism that is not Bernoulli. (At some earlier stage, it was an open question whether every K-automorphism was Bernoulli.
Random walk in random scenery: A survey of some recent results
The beautiful class of extreme points in the set of ℓ1 -symmetric distributions in Rn given by Cambanis, Keener and Simons (see ) is weakly stable.
Weak stability and generalized weak convolution for random vectors and stochastic processes