I. noun 1. [ mass noun] — a combination of qualities, such as shape, colour, or form, that pleases the aesthetic senses, especially the sight • I was struck by her beauty
• an area of outstanding natural beauty.
2. a combination of qualities that pleases the intellect. • the artistry and beauty of football.
3. [as modifier] — denoting something intended to make someone more attractive • beauty treatment.
4. a beautiful or pleasing thing or person, in particular: 5. a beautiful woman • a blonde beauty.
6. an excellent example of something • the fish was a beauty, around 14 pounds.
7. ( the beauties of) — the pleasing or attractive features of (something) • the beauties of the English countryside.
8. [in sing.] — the best aspect or advantage of something •
the beauty of keeping cats is that they don’t tie you down.
‹informal› good; excellent (used as a general term of approval).
III. phrases 1. beauty is in the eye of the beholder
‹proverb› that which one person finds beautiful or admirable may not appeal to another.
2. beauty is only skin-deep
‹proverb› a pleasing appearance is not a guide to character.
– origin Middle English: from Old French beaute, based on Latin bellus ‘beautiful, fine’.