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
    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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