beau

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

Definition of beau

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of beau in a Sentence

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
See More
Recent Examples on the Web That is, until her beau dumps her via email and her two grown kids move back home unannounced. Monitor Reviewers, The Christian Science Monitor, "Plunge into summer with the 10 best books of July," 7 July 2020 Sam confides in Elisabeth about her relationship with her 30-something British beau and her confusion about her future, and in turn, Elisabeth feels increasingly maternal towards her. EW.com, "J. Courtney Sullivan's newest novel 'Friends and Strangers' is the latest of her self-fulfilling prophecies," 29 June 2020 In the photo, Grande can be seen snuggling up next to her smiling beau. Natasha Reda, Glamour, "Ariana Grande and Dalton Gomez's Relationship: A Complete Timeline," 28 June 2020 Roberts and Hedlund were spotted together in the wake of her March 2019 split from longtime beau Evan Peters. Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "Emma Roberts Is Reportedly Pregnant With Her First Child," 25 June 2020 Yet now, trapped at home in our PJ’s, we are being pressured to become a TikTok sensation with our beau. Lia Beck, refinery29.com, "After Leaving The Bachelor World Behind, Sarah Heron Is Focused On Her Non-Profit," 9 June 2020 Jenner arrived arm in arm with her beau Corey Gamble, immediately turning heads on the red carpet. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "Kris Jenner Debuted a Hot New Look at the 2019 Met Gala," 6 May 2019 But Tyler, who bears a strong resemblance to former Swift beau Jake Gyllenhaal, isn’t a random actor or model. Allyson Chiu, Washington Post, "What Taylor Swift wants you to see in ‘The Man,’ her gender-bending takedown of the patriarchy," 28 Feb. 2020 Meanwhile, Miley has been spending her holidays with her family and her current beau, Cody Simpson. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth Have Officially Reached a Divorce Settlement One Year After Their Wedding," 26 Dec. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'beau.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about beau

Statistics for beau

Last Updated

11 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Beau.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/beau. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for beau

beau

noun
How to pronounce beau (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of beau

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on beau

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for beau

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with beau

Spanish Central: Translation of beau

Nglish: Translation of beau for Spanish Speakers

Comments on beau

What made you want to look up beau? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a closeup of a sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!