from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Full of love; loving.
- adj. Inspiring love or affection.
- adj. Having beauty that appeals to the emotions as well as to the eye. See Synonyms at beautiful.
- adj. Enjoyable; delightful.
- n. A beautiful person, especially a woman.
- n. A lovely object.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Worthy to be praised.
- adj. Inspiring actual love
- adj. Evoking love-like, happy emotions by aesthetic or similar endearing qualities.
- adj. Very nice, wonderful in a general sense.
- adj. Loving, filled with love
- n. An attractive, lovely person, especially a (professional) beauty.
- n. A lovely object
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having such an appearance as excites, or is fitted to excite, love; beautiful; charming; very pleasing in form, looks, tone, or manner.
- adj. Lovable; amiable; having qualities of any kind which excite, or are fitted to excite, love or friendship.
- adj. Loving; tender.
- adj. Very pleasing; -- applied loosely to almost anything which is not grand or merely pretty
- adv. In a manner to please, or to excite love.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Fitted to excite love or emotion; possessing or characterized by engaging qualities; lovable; attractive; charming: as, a lovely woman; a lovely view; a lovely dress.
- Attractive to appetite or desire; enticing; inviting.
- Loving; tender.
- Synonyms Amiable, Lovely (see quotation from Archbishop Trench under amiable); Handsome, Pretty, etc. (see beautiful); pleasing, charming, fair.
- So as to induce or excite love; very beautifully or pleasantly.
- Lovingly; kindly.
- Worthy to be praised.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. lovable especially in a childlike or naive way
- n. a very pretty girl who works as a photographer's model
- adj. appealing to the emotions as well as the eye
From Middle English lovely, loflik, from Old English loflīc ("fit to be praised, laudable"), equivalent to lofe + -ly. Cognate with Dutch loffelijk ("laudable, praiseworthy"), German löblich ("commendable, laudable, praiseworthy"), Swedish lovlig ("permissible"). More at lofe, love. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English lovely, luvelich, lufli, from Old English luflīc ("amiable, loving, lovable"), equivalent to love + -ly. (Wiktionary)