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Carol’s father hosted a dance in honor of Carol’s sixteenth birthday, and everyone noticed how beautiful and comely she looked in her new gown. With her light brown curls and dark eyes, Carol was considered the most attractive and comely girl in her class at school. Her comely and appealing appearance was enhanced by her warm, engaging smile.

Quiz: Why might someone be described as comely?

  • They like to celebrate the success of others.
  • They are gorgeous or good-looking.
  • They smile at everyone in a friendly way.

Memory Hook

Come Hither, Lioness The lion was so taken by the comeliness of the lioness that he uncontrollably roared, "Come hither!" whenever he saw her.


  • The comely 17-year-old from Siberia insists she’s nothing like Anna Kournikova, since Sharapova works hard on her game and already owns a breakthrough victory. —Sports Illustrated
  • Two middle-aged Wyoming buddies, McEban and Bennett, are in love with the same woman, Gretchen, a comely redhead with a satchel full of 17th-century religious verse. —The Economist

Word Ingredients

From a root word meaning “beautiful.”

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