pretty - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    a pretty girl or woman is good-looking in a fairly ordinary way and has a nice face. Beautiful is a stronger word, used to describe someone who is unusually attractive and has perfect good looks

    He has a very pretty wife.

    1. a.
      a pretty boy or young man is attractive in a way that is more typical of a girl or woman

      The band seemed to be just another bunch of pretty boys with no talent.

  2. 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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noun [uncountable]