- 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." [Locke.]"The production of beauty by a multiplicity of symmetrical parts uniting in a consistent whole." [Wordsworth.]"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." [Coleridge.]
- A particular grace, feature, ornament, or excellence; anything beautiful; as, the beauties of nature.
- A beautiful person, esp. a beautiful woman."All the admired beauties of Verona." [Shak.]
- Prevailing style or taste; rage; fashion.(Obs)"She stained her hair yellow, which was then the beauty." [Jer. Taylor.]
Etymology: OE. beaute beute, OF. beauté biauté, Pr. beltat, F. beauté, fr. an assumed LL. bellitas, from L. bellus pretty. See Beau