Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Dazzlingly beautiful or magnificent: wore a gorgeous Victorian gown.
  • adj. Characterized by magnificence or virtuosic brilliance: the pianist's gorgeous technique.
  • adj. Informal Wonderful; delightful.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. very beautiful.
  • adj. Very enjoyable, pleasant, tasty etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Imposing through splendid or various colors; showy; fine; magnificent.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Sumptuously adorned; superbly showy; resplendent; magnificent.
  • Inclined to splendor; given to gorgeousness.
  • Synonyms Superb, brilliant, dazzling; rich, costly.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. dazzlingly beautiful

Etymologies

Middle English gorgeouse, probably from Old French gorgias, jewelry-loving, elegant, from gorge, throat; see gorge.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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". (Wiktionary)

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  • LOVE the pronunciation... hilarious!!!!

    April 1, 2010

  • Not I.

    July 22, 2009

  • When I was growing up, it was a mantra in our family that "you should never say gorgeous, if referring to food". Has anyone else ever heard this?

    July 22, 2009

  • actually the root gorge= also means the mountainous region.. but the true story of the word 'gorgeous' comes to us from the word GURJI (Persians and later Turks call Gurji -Georgian people.. who were considered the most beautiful people.. and every beautiful women were called a 'gurji' from here - gorgeous.

    Also i as a Georgian:-) should mention here another well known and widely term - the "Caucasian" - the race classification of white European people were called after Georgian people..by the founder of Anthropology –Blumenbach ‘after deciding that a skull of a Georgian woman was the most beautiful he had ever seen’.

    April 2, 2007

  • I find it funny that a word meaning "surpassingly beautiful" has gorge as its root, given that the only time anyone uses the word gorge in that sense today is talking about vomiting.

    December 11, 2006