From watching many period dramas and plays set in England, as I like to do, I've become more acutely aware of the British overloading of the word lovely. In particular, I have two questions:
What are all the contexts in which the word is used? For example, what does lovely mean as an interjection, as opposed to, say, great? Secondly, and more importantly, what are the connotations when lovely is applied to people? For example, is it quite strong to publicly say something like,
She's a lovely woman.
Mum, I met a lovely girl at the cinema last night.
Does saying lovely in either one imply a romantic or sexual connotation above mere admiration of the woman or girl?