1. An assemblage or graces or properties pleasing to the eye, the ear, the intellect, the aesthetic faculty, or the moral sense. "Beauty consists of a certain composition of colour 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)

2. A particular grace, feature, ornament, or excellence; anything beautiful; as, the beauties of nature.

3. A beautiful person, especially. A beautiful woman. "All the admired beauties of Verona." (Shak)

4. Prevailing style or taste; rage; fashion. "She stained her hair yellow, which was then the beauty." (Jer. Taylor) Beauty spot, a patch or spot placed on the face with intent to heighten beauty by contrast.

Origin: OE. Beaute, beute, OF. Beaute, biaute, Pr. Beltat, F. Beaute, fr. An assumed LL. Bellitas, from L. Bellus pretty. See Beau.

(01 Mar 1998)