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

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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
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Looks like Nina Dobrev is still keeping her new relationship with her beau, Grant Mellon, hush-hush. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Why Nina Dobrev Walked the 2019 Grammys Red Carpet Without Her New BF Grant Mellon," 11 Feb. 2019 While her sister Kylie made a splash at the VMAs in New York, stepping out with her beau Travis Scott in not one—but two!—glamorous looks this past Monday night, Kendall Jenner has been keeping a low profile closer to home. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Kendall Jenner’s Supermodel-Worthy Skinny Jeans Are Less Than $50," 22 Aug. 2018 For a romantic stroll on the sand with her British beau, Christina opted for a beachy floral jumpsuit and large hoop earrings. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Christina El Moussa Looks Stunning on Beach Vacation with Ant Anstead and Her Kids," 21 Aug. 2018 The accessories, beloved by Katie Holmes and beau Jamie Foxx, are all handmade from brass and steel, with the exception of his coin pieces (the vintage coins are sourced abroad from Europe and the Middle East). Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Jamie Foxx Got Katie Holmes Hooked on This Unisex Jewelry Brand," 21 Nov. 2018 My parents were thrilled with my new beau, but my mother was a little confused about his job status. Abby Ellin, Marie Claire, "I Almost Married a Con Man," 8 Jan. 2019 Just like her new beau, Hana was also born in England, according to Heart UK. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Who is Hana Cross? Everything You Need to Know About Brooklyn Beckham's New GF," 4 Jan. 2019 Especially since Christina's in a serious relationship with new beau Ant Anstead. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Christina And Tarek El Moussa Discuss What Filming Together Is Like Since Split," 18 Dec. 2018 In celebration of her beau turning 26, Jenner rented out the Valencia, Calif., amusement park on Saturday (April 28) for an exclusive party. Mitchell Peters, Billboard, "Kanye West Wishes Travis Scott Happy Birthday With Roller Coaster-Themed Cake of Him, Kylie & Stormi," 29 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of beau

1653, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for beau

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

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English Language Learners Definition of beau

old-fashioned : a woman's male lover or friend

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