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adjective American English pronunciation: pretty /ˈprɪti/ 
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adjectivepretty
comparativeprettier
superlativeprettiest
  1. 2
    a pretty place, building, or object is attractive, especially in a delicate way, but not really beautiful or impressive

    That's a very pretty dress you're wearing.

    It's one of the prettiest villages on the south coast.

    a pretty little cottage

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