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Bewté, Beuté, Beauté, n. Also: bewtie, -ty(e; beutee, -tie, -tye; beautee, beawte, -tie, -tye; beaulte. [ME. bewté, beuté, beauté, bealté, etc., OF. beauté, bealté, f. bel beautiful. The most frequent spelling in Sc. is with bew-.] Beauty (of persons or things).(a) 1375 Barb. xi. 479; Ib. xix. 397.
The multitude and the bewte Of thair fais
a1400 Leg. S. iii. 990.
Ay the bischop … Beheld hyr bewte
c1420 Wynt. v. 4669.
The bewte Off Antioche, the fayre cité
c1420 Ratis R. 665.
Fore bewte lestis bot a quhill
Ib. 1077.
Of swet seruice and gret bewtee
c1490 Irland Asl. MS. I. 63/9.
His fors, his bewte, his fairenes
c1500-c1512 Dunb. iv. 21.
The lady in bour full of bewte
1513 Doug. i. Prol. 54.
Quha may thy versis follow … In bewtie?
Ib. xiii. Prol. 39.
The bewte of the fructuus feld
1531 Bell. Boece II. 32.
Ane virgine of incredible bewte
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 4698.
Ane uther [wyfe] of more bewtie
a1568 Scott xiv. 13.
Hir bewty vndegraid
1570 Leslie 67.
Her gret bewtye and fayrnes
a1570-86 Maitl. F. lxxvii. 4.
Thir are the bewteis of the fute bale
1600 Colville Palinode 17.
The ornament, bewtie, and light of the world
1611-57 Mure I. 55/1.
In bewty (loue's sueit object)
(b) a1400 Leg. S. xxviii. 120.
He … of hyr beute had ferly
1490 Irland Mir. I. 26/20.
Thi farenes and beute
1567 G. Ball. 215.
Thus beutie bredis bitternes
c1590 Fowler I. 84/180.
Fair Beutye now hes lost hir lampe
(c) 1456 Hay I. 6/20.
That grete beautee and fairnes
Ib. II. 13/25.
Bountee. and beautee, and nobles of cors
Brus i. 382 (E).
That we Suld spek … off his beaute
a1500 Bk. Chess 261.
A douchter … of sic excellence In till hir beawte
c1500-c1512 Dunb. G. Targe 146.
Dame Beautee
1531 Bell. Boece I. 199.
Two douchteris of excellent beawte
1549 Compl. 70/5.
It vas … altrit in cullour ande in beaulte
1580 Misc. Wodrow Soc. 297.
Lat ws … put nocht our … plesour in beawtye
a1585 Maitl. Q. xlviii. 117.
Hir birning beawtie dois … my mynd amayis

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