Definition of beau geste
plural beaux gestes or beau gestes \bō-ˈzhest\
1 : a graceful or magnanimous gesture
2 : an ingratiating conciliatory gesture
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Beau geste is a phrase borrowed from French; the literal translation is "beautiful gesture." Beau Geste is also the title of a 1924 novel by Percival Christopher Wren, featuring three English brothers who join the French Foreign Legion to repair their family honor. The novel spawned several film versions, including one starring Gary Cooper. Wren didn't invent the phrase "beau geste," which first appeared in print in 1900, but the publicity surrounding the novel and subsequent films likely contributed to the expression's popularity.
Origin of beau geste
French, literally, beautiful gesture
First Known Use: 1900
Rhymes with beau geste
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