- ( RP ) IPA: /ˈɡɔːdʒəs/, X-SAMPA: /"gO:dZ@s/
- ( US ) IPA: /ˈɡɔɹdʒəs/, X-SAMPA: /"gOrdZ@s/
- Rhymes: -ɔː( r )dʒəs
- See also Wikisaurus:beautiful
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" .
Explanation of gorgeous by Wordnet Dictionary
- 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.
Definition of gorgeous by GCIDE Dictionary