beau

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

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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
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Many fans were wondering where her beau, Matthew Hussey, might be. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Camila Cabello Strutted the 2019 Grammys Red Carpet with a Date Who Was NOT BF Matthew Hussey," 11 Feb. 2019 Her younger sister Kylie Jenner shared a glimpse of an elaborate gift, presumably from beau Travis Scott. Vogue, "The Sweetest Celebrity Valentine’s Day Posts, From Nicole Kidman to Hailey Bieber," 14 Feb. 2019 Lili walked down the 2019 Golden Globes red carpet without her beau, Cole Sprouse. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Lili Reinhart Just Walked Down the Golden Globes Red Carpet Without Cole Sprouse," 7 Jan. 2019 Meanwhile, her beau Travis Scott donned a serious Iron Man outfit, and their daughter, Stormi Webster, transformed into Thor, complete with a mini hammer. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner Just Took Out a Gigantic Billboard for Travis Scott's Birthday," 27 Apr. 2019 Between touring, creating new songs, and spending time with fans, Camila still makes sure to find some time for her loved ones, including her beau. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "All of the Guys That Camilla Cabello Has Dated," 29 Mar. 2019 Along with beau Alex Rodriguez, the singer is smack in the middle of a strict 10-day challenge, adhering to a low-carb, low-sugar diet—and just a quick glance at today's look shows the intense routine is paying off. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Jennifer Lopez’s Killer Abs Are 2019 Workout Goals," 24 Jan. 2019 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

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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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beau

noun

English Language Learners Definition of beau

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

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