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US /ˈhæn.səm/ 
UK /ˈhæn.səm/ 

a man who is handsome looks attractive SYN good-looking

Persian equivalent: 

خوش‌سيما، خوش‌ قيافه‌، خوش‌ تيپ‌


Rahim was a handsome boy

رحيم‌ پسر خوش‌سيمايى‌ بود.

Oxford Essential Dictionary


attractive same meaning good-looking:
a handsome man
Look at the note at beautiful.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English


handsome /ˈhænsəm/ BrE AmE adjective
[Date: 1500-1600; Origin: handsome 'easy to handle' (15-17 centuries), from hand]
a) a man who is handsome looks attractive SYN good-looking:
an extremely handsome young man
Sam was tall, dark, and handsome.
his handsome face
b) a woman who is handsome looks attractive in a strong healthy way
In everyday English, people usually say good-looking rather than handsome:
▪ Her new boyfriend is really good-looking.
2. an animal, object, or building that is handsome looks attractive in an impressive way:
a row of handsome Georgian houses
3. [only before noun] a handsome amount of money is large:
He managed to make a handsome profit out of the deal.
a handsome fee
4. [only before noun] a handsome gift or prize is worth a lot of money:
There are some handsome prizes to be won.
5. [only before noun] a handsome victory is important and impressive:
They won a handsome victory in the elections.
—handsomely adverb:
He was handsomely rewarded by the king.
• • •
■ person
beautiful a beautiful woman or child has perfect good looks: Grace Kelly was a very beautiful woman. | a beautiful baby
good-looking a good-looking person looks nice. Good-looking is very common in spoken English: He’s a good-looking guy, but he’s a bit boring. | Do you think she’s good-looking?
attractive an attractive person looks nice, especially in a way that makes you feel sexually interested in them: She’s a very attractive woman. | A lot of women find him attractive.
pretty a pretty girl or woman looks nice – used especially about a woman who has a nice face: You look pretty with your hair down. | She has a very pretty face.
handsome a handsome man or boy looks nice – used especially about a man who has a nice face. Handsome is also sometimes used, especially in literature, to describe a woman who is good-looking and has a strong face: He was tall, dark, and handsome. | She was a big, handsome woman.
gorgeous/stunning spoken extremely attractive. Gorgeous is used especially by women: She thinks Brad Pitt is gorgeous. | You look absolutely stunning in that dress!
cute spoken nice to look at – used about animals, babies, children, and young adults: a cute little puppy | She thinks you’re cute!
lovely especially British English spoken used when saying that someone looks very nice: You look lovely tonight.

Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


hand·some [handsome handsomer handsomest]   [ˈhænsəm]    [ˈhænsəm]  adjective (hand·somer, hand·som·est) more handsome and most handsome are more common
1. (of men) attractive
Syn:  good-looking
a handsome face
• He's the most handsome man I've ever met.

• He was aptly described as ‘ tall, dark, and handsome ’.

2. (of women) attractive, with large strong features rather than small delicate ones
• a tall, handsome woman

• The bride and groom made a handsome couple.

3. beautiful to look at
• a handsome horse/house/city

• The two of them made a handsome couple.

4. large in amount or quantity
a handsome profit
He was elected by a handsome majority (= a lot of people voted for him).

• a handsome cheque

5. generous
She paid him a handsome compliment.
It was very handsome of him to pay for the meal.
Derived Words: handsomely  handsomeness  
Word Origin:
Middle English: from hand  + -some. The original sense was ‘easy to handle or use’, hence ‘suitable’ and ‘apt, clever’ (mid 16th cent.), giving rise to the current appreciatory senses (late 16th cent.).  
pretty handsome attractive lovely good-looking gorgeous
These words all describe people who are pleasant to look at.
beautiful(especially of a woman or girl) very pleasant to look at: She looked stunningly beautiful that night.
pretty(especially of a girl or woman) pleasant to look at: She's got a very pretty face.
Pretty is used most often to talk about girls. When it is used to talk about a woman, it usually suggests that she is like a girl, with small, delicate features.
handsome(of a man) pleasant to look at; (of a woman) pleasant to look at, with large strong features rather than small delicate ones: He was described as ‘ tall, dark and handsome ’.
attractive(of a person) pleasant to look at, especially in a sexual way: She's a very attractive woman.
lovely(of a person) beautiful; very attractive: She looked particularly lovely that night.
When you describe sb as lovely, you are usually showing that you also have a strong feeling of affection for them.
good-looking(of a person) pleasant to look at, often in a sexual way: She arrived with a very good-looking man.
gorgeous(informal) (of a person) extremely attractive, especially in a sexual way: You look gorgeous!
attractive or good-looking?
If you describe sb as attractive you often also mean that they have a pleasant personality as well as being pleasant to look at; good-looking just describes sb's physical appearance.
a(n) beautiful/pretty/handsome/attractive/lovely/good-looking/gorgeous girl/woman
a(n) beautiful/handsome/attractive/good-looking/gorgeous boy/man
a(n) beautiful/pretty/handsome/attractive/lovely/good-looking face  
Example Bank:
a tall, dark, handsome stranger
his ruggedly handsome features
He had an interesting and rather handsome face.
He was elected by a handsome majority ().
He's the most handsome man I've ever met.
I enjoyed the job, and was paid a handsome salary too.
• She was a tall, handsome woman.

• They sold the house two years later at a handsome profit.

Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary

Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary - 4th Edition

handsome / ˈhæn.səm / adjective (ATTRACTIVE)

B1 describes a man who is physically attractive in a traditional, male way:

She's dreaming she'll be whisked off her feet by a tall, dark handsome stranger.

describes a woman who is attractive but in a strong way:

a handsome woman in her fifties


handsomely / -li / adverb

He said if his results were good, he would reward him handsomely.

handsome / ˈhæn.səm / adjective [ before noun ] (LARGE AMOUNT)

C2 large in amount:

They made a handsome profit on their house.


handsomely / -li / adverb

He said if his results were good, he would reward him handsomely.

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Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner’s English Dictionary



A handsome man has an attractive face with regular features.
...a tall, dark, handsome sheep farmer.
= good-looking

A handsome woman has an attractive appearance with features that are large and regular rather than small and delicate.
...an extremely handsome woman with a beautiful voice.

A handsome sum of money is a large or generous amount. (FORMAL)
They will make a handsome profit on the property.
He was rewarded handsomely for his efforts.
ADV: ADV with v

If someone has a handsome win or a handsome victory, they get many more points or votes than their opponent.
The opposition won a handsome victory in the election.
The car ran perfectly to the finish, and we won handsomely.
ADV: ADV after v

Merriam-Webster's Advanced Learner's Dictionary

Merriam-Webster's Advanced Learner's Dictionary: 


hand·some /ˈhænsəm/ adj hand·som·er; -est [also more ~; most ~]
1 : pleasing to look at : attractive
• It was a handsome house situated on a large lot.
• The book includes many handsome illustrations. especially; of a person : having a pleasing appearance that causes romantic or sexual feelings in someone
• a handsome face
• I predict that someone tall, dark, and handsome is going to come into your life.
✦Men are more frequently described as handsome than women. synonyms seebeautiful
2 always used before a noun : large in size or amount
• He inherited a handsome fortune.
• He made a handsome profit on the sale of the house.
• They made handsome [=generous] contributions to charity.
3 always used before a noun : done or achieved in an impressive way
• The book is a handsome tribute to a great poet.
• (chiefly Brit) She won a handsome victory in the election.
- hand·some·ly adv
• The book is handsomely illustrated with ink drawings.
• He was handsomely [=generously] rewarded for his loyalty.
- hand·some·ness noun [noncount]
• an actor known for his rugged handsomeness


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