beau

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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web There was Bella Hadid—the sister of Lipa’s current beau, Anwar—who wore a Medusa medallion Versace incarnation at the men’s spring 2020 show. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Dua Lipa Embraces the Exposed Thong Trend," 1 Oct. 2020 Jeffree is putting their new relationship on full display, posting photos on photos on photos of his new beau. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Jeffree Star Slams Accusations That New Boyfriend Andre Marhold Sent Ex-Girlfriend Sexual Videos," 25 Aug. 2020 The Pitch Perfect actress, 40, debuted her new beau Jacob Busch on her Instagram page with a sweet photo of the two boarding a helicopter alongside Helen Mirren and Kate Beckinsale. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "Rebel Wilson Makes It Official with Boyfriend Jacob Busch: 'He Treats Her Well,' Says Source," 24 Sep. 2020 Since going public with their relationship earlier this month, Holmes and her new beau have been spotted all around New York City, often showing off bits of PDA. Harper's BAZAAR, "Katie Holmes Pairs a Blazer with Sweatpants While Out in NYC with Boyfriend Emilio Vitolo," 22 Sep. 2020 Even though the few short weeks of their relationship have been absolutely packed with drama, Jeffree Star and his new beau Andre Marhold seem to be holding up just fine. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Jeffree Star Posts Photos of New Boyfriend Andre Marhold Amid Marriage Rumors," 2 Sep. 2020 In this memorable episode, Kim plans a sweet calendar gift for her beau — and Kris, being Kris, tries to monetize it. Washington Post, "‘You’re doing amazing, sweetie’: 20 unforgettable moments from ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians’," 18 Sep. 2020 The singer and her beau will both appear as coaches once again alongside John Legend and Kelly Clarkson. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, "Blake Shelton & Gwen Stefani Prove They Can Be 'Happy Anywhere' With 2020 ACM Awards Performance," 16 Sep. 2020 Another photo shows that fiancé Alex Rodriguez went much more casual than his beau, dressed in a dark gray sweat suit and white sneakers. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jennifer Lopez Steps Out in a Boldly Patterned Motorcycle Jacket and Floral Maxi Dress," 14 Sep. 2020

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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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15 Oct 2020

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“Beau.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/beau. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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beau

noun
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English Language Learners Definition of beau

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

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