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Go'rgeous. adj. [gorgias, old French. Skinner.] Fine; splendid; glittering in various colours; showy; magnificent.

            O, that deceit should dwell
In such a gorgeous palace!
Shakes. Romeo and Juliet.

As full of spirit as the month of May,
And gorgeous as the sun at Midsummer.
Shakesp, Hen. IV.

He bad them look upon themselves and upon their enemies, themselves dreadful, their enemies gorgeous and brave. Hayw.

The gorgeous East, with richest hand,
Pours on her kings barbaric, pearl and gold.

With gorgeous wings, the marks of sov'reign sway,
The two contending princes make their way.
Dryd. Virgil.

Sources: Dryden, John (788) · Hayward, John (42) · Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part 1 (46) · Milton, John (449) · Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (46) · Skinner, Stephen (55)

Attributes: Adjective (426) · French (385)

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