I attended a very interesting inquiry (called a Wisdom Salon) a few weeks ago at Landmark Education where we could only ask questions, no debating or rebuttals just questions. So first, it was opened by attempting to define beauty, and here are 3 ways to know ‘What is beauty?’:
1. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, ‘beauty’ is primarily an abstract noun—but it can also be a concrete noun (as in: ‘She is a beauty’) and once upon a time it was also a verb (e.g. The harlot beauties her cheek’).
2. Wikipedia says Beauty is a characteristic of a person, animal, place, object, or idea that provides a perceptual experience of pleasure, meaning, or satisfaction.
3. I like this answer best, in Philosophy Talk; beauty as that which brings enjoyment to the person who looks or contemplates.
What’s the bottom line? You can’t define beauty at all, it is completely subjective. Here are some of the questions that were asked inside the ‘salon’ I attended: