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lovely

You've probably heard the adjective lovely to describe something good looking, but did you know that, as a noun, lovely refers, specifically, to a beautiful girl employed as a photographer’s model?

From the Old English luflic “affectionate, loveable,” comes lovely, an adjective that describes a person’s or thing’s attractiveness. Find the word love in there — it's something so attractive you can't help but love it. Lovely can also refer to something delightful. For example, a pretty selection of cakes and pastries arranged on a doily could be described as lovely. Anything from your girlfriend to a fresh coat of red paint on your motorcycle can be lovely.

Definitions of lovely
  1. adjective
    lovable especially in a childlike or naive way
    synonyms: adorable, endearing
    lovable, loveable
    having characteristics that attract love or affection
  2. adjective
    appealing to the emotions as well as the eye
    Synonyms:
    beautiful
    delighting the senses or exciting intellectual or emotional admiration
  3. noun
    a very pretty girl who works as a photographer's model
    synonyms: cover girl, pin-up
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    type of:
    photographer's model
    a model who poses for photographers
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