Different ways to say beautiful

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Different ways to say beautiful
True beauty is in the eye of the beholder. (Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

Around the world, beauty has long been a major inspiration of culture, art and history. Paintings, music and poetry throughout the ages abound with celebrations of beauty. If you too have found yourself moved by a beautiful person, place or gesture, learn how to express your amazement with romantic and creative ways to say "beautiful."

Romance Languages

Beauty and romance go hand in hand. When one person is struck by another's beauty, love often follows. A longtime love grows more and more beautiful to the beholder with each passing day. If you yearn to express your appreciation for your lover's beauty in a meaningful, amorous way, learn how to say, "You're beautiful," in one, or all, of the Latin-derived romance languages. In French, often called "the language of love," "Tu es beau" means "You're beautiful" in reference to a man, and "Tu es belle" is, "You're a beautiful woman." Use "Tú eres hermoso" (for a man) or "Tú eres hermosa" to say, "You are beautiful," in Spanish. "Tu és bonito/a" is Portuguese and "Sei bella/o" is Italian for "You're beautiful."


Flower-giving has a longtime tradition of expressing sentiments when words just aren't enough. Orchids, hibiscus and calla lilies are traditional ways to say, "You're beautiful," with flowers. Tulips express different nuances of beauty depending on their colour, according to 800florals.com. Multicolour tulips mean, "You have beautiful eyes"; while yellow tulips say, "There is sunshine in your smile." Give a bouquet of gardenias to say, "You're lovely," or purplish-blue stock flowers to say, "You'll always be beautiful to me."


Whether you're enamoured with a stunning person or a breathtaking scenic view, capture your interpretation and appreciation of this beauty in a piece of poetry. Some eloquent synonyms for beauty include "loveliness," "exquisiteness," "gorgeousness," "splendor" and "magnificence." Simile, trope and metaphor are also useful poetic devices for describing something beautiful. In Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet," for example, Romeo declares that "Juliet is the sun" and compares her eyes to two twinkling stars in the evening sky. He expresses his admiration for her beauty through simile and metaphor in a way that emphasises the scope, breadth and depth of her bright and stunning loveliness.

Other Ways to Say, "You're Beautiful"

Sometimes, actions speak louder than words. Give a beautiful loved one a gift that acknowledges, celebrates or enhances your beloved's beauty, such as a special photo album or collage, a fine piece of jewellery, a fancy dress or a day at the spa. Compliment the person's beauty in the presence of others or simply whisper it in your love's ear while giving a relaxing shoulder massage.

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