beau

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noun \ˈbō\

Definition of beau

plural

beaux

play \ˈbōz\ or

beaus

  1. 1 :  dandy 1

  2. 2 :  boyfriend 2

Examples of beau in a sentence

  1. Her beaux between marriage generally fell into two categories: ineffectual pretty boys or handsome brutes. —Joanne Kaufman, People, 21 Mar. 1988

  2. 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

  3. She introduced us to her latest beau.

  4. her new beau brought flowers when he picked her up for their first date

Origin and Etymology of 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


First Known Use: 1653


BEAU Defined for English Language Learners

beau

play
noun \ˈbō\

Definition of beau for English Language Learners

  • : a woman's male lover or friend



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