beau

noun

plural beaux ˈbōz How to pronounce beau (audio) or beaus

Example Sentences

Her beaux between marriage generally fell into two categories: ineffectual pretty boys or handsome brutes. Joanne Kaufman, People, 21 Mar. 1988 This was essentially the vehicle that had been perfected, through more than a century or two, for—and by—a continuing line of fops, beaux, macaronis, dudes, bucks, blades, swells, bloods and mashers. Osbert Sitwell, The Scarlet Tree, 1975 She introduced us to her latest beau. her new beau brought flowers when he picked her up for their first date
Recent Examples on the Web Klum also spent some romantic coupley time with her beau. Michelle Lee, Peoplemag, 6 Jan. 2023 Instagram currently only has 24 posts, several are dedicated to her beau. Amanda Curran, Glamour, 31 Dec. 2022 Pollan was all smiles next to her beau at the 39th annual Emmy Awards, where Fox won the Emmy for lead actor in a comedy series for his role on Family Ties. Staff Author, Peoplemag, 20 Dec. 2022 Dear Finding: What a sweet meet-cute for you and your beau, and a fabulous suggestion to those seeking companionship, love or maybe a new hobby. cleveland, 2 July 2022 Dear Finding: What a sweet meet-cute for you and your beau, and a fabulous suggestion to those seeking companionship, love or maybe a new hobby. Annie Lane, oregonlive, 2 July 2022 Let Jonathan Van Ness, George Clooney, Marie Antoinette and other famous faces from past and present read what's in the cards for you and your beau. Cailey Lindberg, Good Housekeeping, 24 Oct. 2022 The couple joined Teller's Divergent co-star Shailene Woodley and her then-beau, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, for a couples trip to Hawaii in May 2021. Nasha Smith, Peoplemag, 23 Aug. 2022 Lizzo, however, threw a little of her own spice into that delicious soul gumbo, shouting out both faux-beau Evans and a certain certified lover boy. Lester Fabian Brathwaite, EW.com, 5 Dec. 2021 See More

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Word History

Etymology

borrowed from French, from beau, bel (masculine), belle (feminine) "beautiful, good-looking," going back to Old French bel, going back to Latin bellus, probably going back (via *duellos, assimilated from *duenlos) to *dwenelos, diminutive of *dwe-nos "good" (whence Old Latin duenos, Latin bonus) — more at bounty

First Known Use

1653, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of beau was in 1653

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Cite this Entry

“Beau.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/beau. Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

beau

noun
plural beaux ˈbōz How to pronounce beau (audio) or beaus
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