- beautiful [byo͞ot′ə fəl; ] often [ byo͞ot′ēfəl]adj.having beauty; very pleasing to the eye, ear, mind, etc.interj.used to express approval or pleasure——————the beautiful1. the quality of beauty2. those who are beautifulbeautifullyadv.SYN.- BEAUTIFUL is applied to that which gives the highest degree of pleasure to the senses or to the mind and suggests that the object of delight approximates one's conception of an ideal; LOVELY refers to that which delights by inspiring affection or warm admiration; HANDSOME implies attractiveness by reason of pleasing proportions, symmetry, elegance, etc. and carries connotations of masculinity, dignity, or impressiveness; PRETTY implies a dainty, delicate, or graceful quality in that which pleases and carries connotations of femininity or diminutiveness; COMELY applies to persons only and suggests a wholesome attractiveness of form and features rather than a high degree of beauty; FAIR1 suggests beauty that is fresh, bright, or flawless and, when applied to persons, is used esp. of complexion and features; GOOD-LOOKING is closely equivalent to handsome or PRETTY, suggesting a pleasing appearance but not expressing the fine distinctions of either word; BEAUTEOUS, equivalent to BEAUTIFUL in poetry and lofty prose, is now often used in humorously disparaging references to beauty-ANT. UGLY
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.