\ˈbō \
plural beaux\ ˈbōz \ 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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Though both the Grammy winner, 28, and her British actor beau, 27, have kept their relationship under wraps, the singer gave fans a peek at their private romance on her sixth studio album reputation. Nicole Sands,, "King of Her Heart! Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn Stroll Hand-In-Hand on Romantic Caribbean Getaway," 9 July 2018 The singer/actress purchased this 4,708-square-foot home with her beau, Aaron Lohr, for a pretty steep $2.575 million. Lauren Smith, House Beautiful, "A Peek Inside the Place Idina Menzel Now Calls Home," 1 Sep. 2015 But how does Christina's British beau of seven months feel about the exes continuing to work together? Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "What Christina El Moussa's Boyfriend Ant Anstead Thinks of Her Working With Ex Tarek on 'Flip or Flop'," 21 June 2018 This isn't the first time Chopra has dealt with speculation that the Jealous singer could be her beau. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "Is Priyanka Chopra Nick Jonas' new girlfriend? Here's what we know," 30 May 2018 Bob Newby is Joyce Byers' new beau, played by The Goonies star Sean Astin. Kayleigh Roberts, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bob Suffered a Terrible Death in Stranger Things Season 2," 30 Oct. 2017 Isabelle's next beau, an unhappily married stage actor (Nicholas Duvauchelle), seems gallant by comparison, though his endless hesitation reveals him to be a similarly irritating study in self-absorption. Justin Chang,, "Juliette Binoche lights up Claire Denis' exquisite 'Let the Sunshine In'," 3 May 2018 And no Swift enthusiast could forget the summer of 2016, when the singer and her then-beau Tom Hiddleston frolicked in the waves alongside Cara Delevingne, Blake Lively, and Deadpool himself, Ryan Reynolds. Hayley Kaufman,, "Taylor Swift’s tour rolls into Gillette soon. Will she visit her $18m R.I. manse?," 6 July 2018 Anyway, Swift and her British beau didn't appear to be troubled by their athletic-wear (or lack thereof). Sally Holmes, Marie Claire, "Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn Touched Yesterday," 8 Mar. 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

: a woman's male lover or friend

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