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Meaning of gorgeous by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Early Modern English gorgious, gorgeouse, from Middle French gorgias ( “elegant, fashionable” ), from Old French gourgias, gorgias ( “gorgeous, gaudy, flaunting, gallant, fine” ), of uncertain formation, but apparently connected with Old French gorgias ( “a gorget, ruffle for the neck” ), from Old French gorge ( “bosom, throat” ); see gorge. Sense evolution was probably that of "swelling of the throat or bosom due to pride, bridling up" to "assume an air of importance, flaunting" .


    • ( RP ) IPA: /ˈɡɔːdʒəs/, X-SAMPA: /"gO:dZ@s/
    • ( US ) IPA: /ˈɡɔɹdʒəs/, X-SAMPA: /"gOrdZ@s/
    • Rhymes: -ɔː( r )dʒəs


    gorgeous ( comparative more gorgeous, superlative most gorgeous )

    1. ( of a person or place ) very beautiful .
      All the contest judges agreed that Brigitt was absolutely gorgeous .
      The sunsets in Hawaii are gorgeous .
    2. Very enjoyable, pleasant, tasty etc .
      Israeli hummus is absolutely gorgeous .


    • See also Wikisaurus:beautiful

    Derived terms

Explanation of gorgeous by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. dazzlingly beautiful

    2. a gorgeous Victorian gown

    Definition of gorgeous by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Gorgeous a. [OF. gorgias beautiful, glorious, vain, luxurious; cf. OF. gorgias ruff, neck handkerchief, and F. gorge throat, and se pengorger to assume airs. Cf. Gorge, n.] Imposing through splendid or various colors; showy; fine; magnificent.

      Cloud-land, gorgeous land. Coleridge.

      Gorgeous as the sun at midsummer. Shak.

      -- Gorgeously, adv. -- Gorgeousness, n.