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